Me and Hemingway

The other day, this blog post appeared in my Facebook feed with the title: “This Surprising Reading Level Analysis Will Change the Way You Write.”

Once you get past the clickbait title, it’s a pretty good post. The reading level analysis the post is talking about is called the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, a method developed in the 1970s for evaluating the difficulty of a text. Basically, it analyses a text for complexity and assigns it a reading level.

Just for kicks, I fed a brief, randomly-selected chapter from my newest book, Whisper Blue into the analyzer over at and clicked analyze. My score? A whopping 4.1. Fourth grade reading level. Ha! Shows what an erudite elitist I am! Continue reading “Me and Hemingway”

The Whispering Girl Cometh

Hello all

I’ll spare you all the apologies and explanations about being absent for so long because, honestly, we’ve never had that kind of relationship. Some of you pop in from time to time, but you aren’t sitting around waiting for my next post. And that’s fine. No commitment, no strings attached. You go your way and I’ll go mine, as Betty Smith said.

BUT, I do have actual news of an authorly sort. Nearly a year ago(!), independent publisher Black Opal Books offered to publish my new (or it was then) novel. It’s called Whisper Blue. It’s about…well, here’s the blurb:

There is no Whispering Girl. She doesn’t exist. Continue reading “The Whispering Girl Cometh”