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Wanderlust

April 26, 2017

Winter is a beautiful time of year in the mountain wilderness, but also a time when great dangers are present.

If You Write, Some of Your Ideas Are Going To Be Stolen

September 6, 2012

About The Visual Artist I first became aware of Hartwig. Kopp-delaney, when I had a list of 30 travel quotes accepted and published at Brave New Traveler, a popular and offbeat online Zen travel journal, where I have been an infrequent contributor. Along with my humorous words, the editors added a funny photo of a […]

(Incomplete) Honor List For Screenwritng Blogs

July 19, 2012

Current Situation  Just recently I did a google search for screenwriting blogs and came across a site that listed the top 25 by various ways, including Google, Alexa, Bing and Compete, plus a few others. However, when I tried to visit some of the sites listed, I found that many of the links were dead […]

Babbling Scott Eagan

May 17, 2012

Babbling With Scott I must admit that over the past year I have followed Scott Eagan’s blog with much anticipation and interest, even though I am not a Romance writer and I can’t see myself ever becoming one in the near future. That is because Scott’s daily (M-F) comments cover a much broader range than […]

The Dilemma of Unpublished Novelists

October 8, 2011

Cheap Read My place to stay had a shelf full of used paperbacks; and since I could not afford a new title, I perused the books and picked out a novel by Mario Puzo, called The Dark Arena. So far this story about life in post-WWII Germany has been a fun read. With a little […]

Indie Bookstores

May 24, 2011

Empty Venues South Carolina is filled with many empty malls and superstores. The retail around the state capitol is especially bleak, as there are even a few places, where a whole strip mall lays bare. As one drives by a few of these places, the overall mood is melancholy, for it is never good to […]

Is This the New Wave?

May 18, 2011

The Future of Ebooks Are ebooks the wave of the future? What about ebook apps for handheld mobile devices such as iphones, smart phones and androids. If you haven’t gotten use to the fast-growing market of the ebook market on Kindle, Nooks and Kobos, there is a new field of communication devices that can download […]

So Many Self-published Authors

May 16, 2011

New Scenario I like self-publishing at Smashwords, but I wish I could roll back the clock to the days when it took less than an hour to get a new title up, instead of the current 48+ hours. What a difference six months makes! Nonetheless here we are smack dab in the middle of the […]

The Art of War For Writers

May 6, 2011

“He wins his battles by making no mistakes.” Sun Tzu A Hard to Define Genre I love to  read books about writing, especially when they are written by financially-successful practitioners of the craft. Some of my favorite authors in this unusual genre include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Natalie Goldberg. In fact, King’s book entitled […]

Here Come The E-book Gurus

April 19, 2011

Revolution Recent events in the e-publishing world have definitely changed the way we peruse, select and read books. For now, thanks to the popularity of many various electronic devices, it is possible to store and read numerous electronic books and stories in a very small virtual space. You can even download a short story that […]

Before E-book Self-publishing Was Popular

April 7, 2011

  Giant Galaxy NGC 6872 Image Credit: Sydney Girls High School Astronomy Club, Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska), “I hadn’t known the club I was trying to get into held fast to the rule that self-published books were crap and any novelist who dared try to do it by herself would only get the back of […]

Book Deals

March 25, 2011

News about book deals are all over the internet today, especially a four-book offer St. Martin’s made to one of the ebook success stories, Amanda Hocking. Actually, the young lady from Minnesota made the post yesterday on her blog. It’s a very much needed in-depth discussion of why she chose to go with a mainstream […]

The New Kindle Millionaires

March 22, 2011

  2011 sales figures from Amazon and other Ebook retailers are definitely on the rise. So much so that the term “Kindle Millionaires” is now a reality. ( many thanks to N. Bransford for that phrase) And within that realm, there are two names that keep popping up. And they are Amanda Hocking and J.A.Konrath […]

E-book Agents

March 18, 2011

It had to happen sooner or later. Ebook agents that is. And according to a recent post at Guide To Literary Agents, at least one NY literary agency has now taken on an agent, who exclusively works with representation for ebooks – those nefarious new creations that can be purchased and downloaded on a variety […]

The Importance of Readers

March 7, 2011

So far my online literary world consists mostly of writers. The great emphasis here is about the how-to side of writing, but still it is important not to lose sight of the fact, that every writer needs readers. In fact, this is not a one-on-one relationship, for to survive a writer needs more than one […]

Early Days of E-publishing

February 7, 2011

  The first Kindle reading device appeared in 2007, ShakataGaNai from Wikipedia The Kindle has only been around for three and a half years, but e-publishing is much older than that.  Ten years ago e-publishing was quite different, but it still was possible to put out a good title and get results by working the […]

A World of Wonders

February 4, 2011

Yesterday a fascinating quote appeared at Buzz, Balls & Hype an interesting blog maintained by novelist MJ Rose. Here’s the quote; “Education is a great shield against experience. ….. It makes you wise in some ways, but it can make you a blindfolded fool in others.” –Robertson Davies, World of Wonders However, everyone should note […]

Quote of the Day

January 29, 2011

“Horse breeders did not invent the motorcar”. While surfing around the internet today, I came across this quotation over at a site called Shelf Awareness. The words come from Jacob Epstein, a reviewer for the NY Review of Books, as he was writing about a technology book called “Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in […]

Agent For A Day

January 26, 2011

A funny thing happened to me this morning. I opened my mailbox and lo and behold there were over a thousand e-mails in my mailbox. No, I had not suddenly become popular on the internet. Instead the sudden accumulation of written messages came courtesy of the 4th Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge, where I […]

Oh Boy! Another Writing Contest

January 25, 2011

I love these agent sponsored writing contests that appear from time to time on agent blogging sites. I have never won anything, but the response time is minimal and since I have several manuscripts in various states of completion, it is never a big deal to get material together for a submission. The only drawback […]

The Problem With NaNoWriMo

January 20, 2011

Several years ago I tried writing a novel during November under the auspices of NaNoWriMo. I only finished about a third of the piece, but the following spring, after I finally had caught up on my sleep, I went on to craft a complete novel (85,000 words ) that was completely unrelated to my first […]

Hooray For Ray

January 19, 2011

Ray Bradbury is a well-known for his full length literary works, such as “The Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenheit 451”, “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked Comes This Way”. However, there is another side of Ray Bradbury, that the general public may not so be aware of. And that is his ability to put together a good short […]

Writing Contest for Literary Fiction

January 10, 2011

For anyone who has an unpublished manuscript for a novel lying around the house, Chuck Sambuchino & Co. over at “Guide To Literary Agents” are currently running a contest. Writers have until January 23rd to submit the first 150-200 words of the manuscript, which should fall under the category of “literary fiction”. At least three […]

More Than Just A Translator

January 4, 2011

“The publicity was good, but you can’t eat a publicity sandwich,”  Lazy Lester (American R & B songwriter) . Steven T. Murray is the English translator for Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which includes “The Girl With The Dragon Tatto”,  “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked Over the Hornets Nest”. Ordinarily, […]

My Blog Roll

December 9, 2010

Now that I’ve decided to start using this blog to comment on writing, thought I would add a few words about some of the literary blogs that I enjoy visiting on a daily basis. First of all there’s one of the most popular blogs operated anywhere in cyberspace by an individual. Just because Nathan Bransford […]