The Joys of Home Ownership (or How I Discovered I’m Not Joe Handyman), Pt. 2

[This is Part 2 of a 3-part story. You can read part 1 HERE.] You have to understand something about me before you'll fully appreciate this story: Not only am I not Joe Handyman. I'm also not Joe Outdoorsman. I hate camping. If you take me … [Continue reading]

The Joys of Home Ownership, (or How I Discovered I’m Not Joe Handyman), Pt. 1

There's nothing like owning your own home. That's what everybody told me, at least. And I have to admit, when Laurel and I bought our first little house on Pecan St., I thought it was perfect. Older, 1950s-era pier-and-beam. Hardwood floors. … [Continue reading]

Is It Possible to Stop Grieving Too Soon?

Most of us have encountered people who we thought were stuck in grief, who needed to "get over it." [Read my thoughts on that HERE.] But what about people we think haven't grieved enough? Do you know someone who went through a tragic loss, but who … [Continue reading]

The Impostor (Fiction Improvisation)

Fiction Improvisation by James Pence Title: The Impostor Keywords: Anthony, Kelly, governor, arthritic, pander, salubrious, begonia, ancestry, Situation: Man mistakenly wins a Newbery award. NOTE: This improvisation was fun. I did make some … [Continue reading]

How Long Should Grief Last?

Have you ever thought or said this about a friend or relative who is "taking too long," to grieve a loss: "It's been a long time and she's still grieving. Shouldn't she be over it by now?" Anyone who has experienced a traumatic loss will tell you … [Continue reading]

12 Things You Might Not Know about Friendly Revenge

My YA novel, Friendly Revenge, launches this week, so here are 12 things you might not know about Friendly Revenge. 1. Written in 1996, Friendly Revenge is my first novel, preceding the first draft of Unseen (Blind Sight) by three years. 2. … [Continue reading]