• A crest topped with a viking's helmet. The four quadrants house a cup of coffee, computer, pens, and a printer. Text says NaNoWriMo
    Books,  News

    A Writer’s Plan: NaNoWriMo Nov. 2019

    Every November thousands of writers decide to forgo their normal lives in order to write a novel in a month. Crazy, right? Probably. But, also inspirational and challenging. National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it’s referred to is a great way to get words written. One can let go of the infernal internal editor and just write. The manuscript can always be cleaned up afterward. But, hitting that goal of at least 50,000 words written in one month is exhilarating. I’m participating again this year with a goal of 50K words. But, I’ll be writing two novellas and beginning the first book in a new series. The first novella…

  • Crow atop a glowing lamp in a dark forest. Text reads Rhonda Hopkins, Finding Light Within the Darkness
    Books,  News

    New Website, New Logo, and a New Direction

    Hello all! It’s been a long while since I posted anything. But, I have some exciting news to share. I have a new website, new logo, and a new direction for my writing. After a year of stops and starts, I have finally managed to create a brand new website from the ground up. My old one really needed help. I love the new look and my tagline: Finding light within the darkness… No matter what genre I write, including the dark stuff, I enjoy finding the hope and light within my characters and story. I try to leave my readers with hope and good feelings, even though they may…

  • Kenneth Hopkins
    Family,  Holidays

    My Dad, My Hero

    This post was originally published for Father’s Day in 2011. My dad passed away this month (August 2019). He is missed. On Father’s Day in 2014, I woke up with the beginnings of this poem in my thoughts and proceeded to write Scarred Hands before I ever made it out of bed. Scarred Hands Hands scarred and rough from decades of hard work:Twisting bolts, lifting engines, replacing beltsWhile grease, oil and other liquids stained the skin. Years of taking care of a home, fixing things needing repair;Mowing, plowing, and planting vegetables and flowers;Always, tending to the safety of family with those hands. From hugging his mother, to saluting his sergeant,Wearing…

  • Family

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Garage Sale

    My sister and I called our grandmother “Nanny”.  My Nanny was definitely one of a kind and I miss her terribly. But, she’s left us with great memories. One involves an incident while she was searching for a garage sale. Nanny had this thing for what she termed “garage sale-ing”. She loved (and that’s not a strong enough word) going to garage sales and looking, even if she didn’t buy anything. But she usually came away with something. She loved the haggling back and forth over price. Boy was she good at it! She would buy stuff and when she accumulated enough, she’d have her own garage sale. Nanny was…

  • Family,  Holidays

    My Mom, Love Personified

    One of my facebook friends asked a question last night. “When you think of your mother, what is the first thought that comes to your mind?” My answer, “Love”. That was the word that came to me immediately. Although my mom isn’t perfect, I can’t imagine having a more perfect mom. Doris Hopkins turned 20 just eight days after giving birth to me. And she has spent each one of those days in the past 48 years (shhhh….don’t tell anyone how old I am!) since then caring for me, my sister, my dad, the grandkids and great-grandkids. I remember her reading to me when I was little and letting me…