I've just written The End to a manuscript and sent it off to my critique group. What that means for me is downtime--at least on the fiction front. So while I'm in the waiting room, I started writing what I hope will be a series called Cross-Pollination. The first article appeared in ALLI this month and was about how writers might take a look at the famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz for inspiration in their fiction. Here's how it starts: We learn a lot about writing from other writers, but sometimes it’s refreshing to learn from people in other fields. I recently stumbled on a website featuring Annie Leibovitz, the amazing photographer. She’s teaching online photography classes, and when I watched her video, I was struck by how much of her technique and philosophy I could translate into writing. If you take a look, let me know your thoughts. I'm already working on other articles with this theme.