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May 2012 - Connie Mann

Is Your Story Missing a Key Ingredient?

You’ve spent weeks and months creating characters you love, putting them in just the right story setting, fine-tuning your plot and crafting an opening with an absolutely perfect hook. So, why aren’t your critique partners telling you to submit this story, right now?...

Tropical Dreamin’

Sometimes, all it takes is one little thing, a simple, innocuous trigger that instantly transports us to another time and place. The sound of the ocean. The smell of roasting turkey. A favorite rock song. A child’s giggle. Between one heartbeat and the next, poof,...

Thanks, Mom

This week, I’ve been thinking about my Mom and the impact she’s had on my life. Being a list maker, I started jotting things down and the list kept growing and growing. I know I could add hundreds more items, but I’ll stop here. Mom, this Mother’s Day, here are some...

Allergies, Anxiety and Freedom

Our home is tucked under a graceful canopy of live oak trees, which keeps the house cool and shady during blazing Florida summers. I absolutely love those trees. Except in springtime. When the oak pollen appears, every flat surface turns a sickly shade of green. My...