Too good to be true?

Someone who read the book, “Searching and Others Stories of Mary Worth” made a recent comment that the stories have “endings too good to be true.”  To that I say this.  Why do you read fiction?  When I read fiction, I like to be entertained and also shown some light and hope.  Otherwise, I read the news.  I like to read and write stories that have a premise based in real life, and have an outcome that is either ideal or that offers a glimmer of hope.  Sometimes the premise is bleak enough as it is, mirroring the darker side of real life.  Do people really want to read an equally bleak outcome?

Ayn Rand said that nothing points to the truth better than fiction.  What she means is that non-fiction is not as realistic as many might think.  The news is filtered and edited according to someone’s point of view, in many cases the news producer’s. History books are written from the perspective of the history book writer.  But can anyone really say that the news and history books portray the absolute truth?

When a person watches the news their guard is down and they think, “this is how it really is.”  But when they read fiction, they acknowledge from the start it is only one person’s viewpoint.  Therein lies the truth because the reader or viewer takes in fiction with a grain a salt.

Everything should be taken with a grain of salt.

Great fiction points to the truth in showing possibilities.  Why should a reader limit his or herself to only what is expected?  In fiction, as in life, the possibility for good is endless.



A Second Mary Worth Book Is On Sale Now!


Brand new!

This book contains four popular stories involving Mary and her friends with the theme of SEARCHING for someone…or something!

Mary Goes to Vietnam: When Mary doesn’t hear from Jeff who is on a humanitarian mission overseas, she takes matters into her own hands and travels to Vietnam to search for him!


Gina Looks For Bobby:  Mary befriends a local waitress who’s having trouble getting over a former love from her distant past.  When Mary advises Gina to look for him, what she finds is more than she ever dreamed of!


The Missing Girl:  While at a local diner, Mary recognizes a missing girl she’s seen on a poster, and takes a stand against the kidnapper who’s holding her!


Tom and Beth:  A Search for Love:  Mary invites her neighbors Tom and Beth over for dinner in order to make a match between them.  But when they hit it off, Beth’s mother Elinor protests against their romance!
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A Glimpse Behind the Curtain

When I write a Mary script, I set up a scene with as much description as I can for Joe.

Here’s an example of a Sunday script:


1. New clothes.  It’s two days after they tried the wider course of antibiotics.  Mary has fallen asleep while sitting in a chair next to Jeff’s bed.  He’s sleeping too.


2. Mary asleep sitting in a chair next to a sleeping Jeff who lies in bed.

(MARY):                    ZZZ…

3. As she sleeps sitting in a chair, Mary dreams of Jeff in open water again.  As in previous dreams he calls out to her for help.


4. Except this time, Mary dreams that she reaches out her hand to him from a boat she’s in.


5. In Mary’s dream, they strain and stretch their hands to each other, him to be saved , and her to save him from drowning.  Their hands are so close!  Will she be able to save him?

6. In Mary’s dream, she finally is able to grasp his hand in a life-saving move before pulling him out of deep water.  Perhaps a close-up of her hands grasping his hand to save him.

7/8.  Before the dream is completed, before she pulls him out, the dream is interrupted by real time Jeff waking up, much improved and looking at her from his hospital bed.  She is startled awake to find Him weakly smiling at her, clearly recognizing her, weakly grasping her hand.



Here’s the finished Sunday page that Joe created from my script:


Question From a Fan

Marsha Mattingly sent in the following:

I don’t know if you can help me, but my father told me he picked my name from a Mary Worth comic strip and I was trying to find the strip that had my name on it. It would be around 1954 or 1953.”

Hi Marsha. Here are some strips from a 1954 storyline involving the character Marsha Devore. I love the fact that your father named you after a Mary Worth character! Thanks for writing.


Mary Fan Art



Mary fans Pat and Tim Kennedy from Archie Comics sent me this fun fan art!  Mary looks kind of hip here!  I have to say though that without her signature hairdo, she looks like a different person.  Anyway, great job and a fun piece of art!

Thanks, guys!

Readers can look forward to viewing the dramatic death of Archie this summer!