Publishing News

The West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) released its 21st Emerald Coast Review (ECR) featuring a record number of regional writers and artists, and I am among them! This anthology has been published biannually since 1989. The publication features quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, contemporary, emerging, and experimental works along with the best of art, graphic design andContinue reading “Publishing News”

Emerald Coast Review 2021

The West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF)’s Emerald Coast Review (ECR) has published the voices of regional writers in an anthology since 1989. This year marks the 21st volume. It is available for purchase on Amazon.  You will find Lori O’Gara’s contribution on page 116. It is a bittersweet memory of her childhood and a tribute toContinue reading “Emerald Coast Review 2021”

Goals Not Resolutions

I dislike New Year’s resolutions. How many times have you made a resolution that ended in a fiery disaster? It is not your fault. Resolutions are a form of “cultural procrastination,” according to Timothy Pychyl a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada. Humans assume willpower is a character trait that you’re either bornContinue reading “Goals Not Resolutions”

A Gift for You

One Week Only!  FREE EBOOK JUL 31-AUG 5Believe by Lori O’Gara What do you believe in? Open your mind to possibility. The possibility that there is a loving God who wants to be known. The possibility that there is another way to serve God, love humans, and live your faith than what you think youContinue reading “A Gift for You”

Tired…so Tired

I am so tired. I am tired of grand events, parties, drinking Mojito’s on the beach, shopping for the perfect pair of shoes, sitting in the cafe’ writing the next big thing, watching the sunset over Key West with my girls and…oh wait that is not my life. I go to work every day andContinue reading “Tired…so Tired”

The Five Rules of Social Media

Social media is pseudo-social. It is humans through filters of ego or lack thereof attempting to connect with others for self-gain, commiseration, or validation. By remembering that fact and following a few simple rules, your online persona and your human decency will stay intact. First Rule of Social Media Don’t take anything personally. Not all postsContinue reading “The Five Rules of Social Media”

Why I don’t Use a Pen Name

There are several legitimate reasons to use a pen name. Let me say upfront, I am not criticizing the reasons other writers choose to use a pen name. You probably know the reasons, there are many. The two biggest ones are to protect a writer’s family and freedom or embarrassment. I hear things that goContinue reading “Why I don’t Use a Pen Name”

Feel Free to Cause a Disturbance

Yes, art in all forms should make the person experiencing it feels pure raw emotion. It makes no difference if the art is visual, audible or sensory. To create feelings in humans is the sole purpose of art. When an observer looks at a painting, reads a story, or looks at a sculpture, you takeContinue reading “Feel Free to Cause a Disturbance”

Can You Hear That?

Shhh..listen…do you hear that small still voice? It is that one that calls you to stop procrastinating. It is the one that tells you that you have work to do. You have a story to write. Can you hear it now? No? Turn off the distractions. Yes, I said to turn them off. The television usedContinue reading “Can You Hear That?”