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Five Years Down the Road

December 7, 2016

Who knows what the future brings, but in all honesty, five years from now I would like to have a nice place to live and write and call my own.

How To Make A Million Dollars Writing Mystery Thrillers (Money back guarantee)

September 12, 2012

Intro Everyday I see quite a lot of advice on how to write better or reach wider markets. While the bulk of the advice seems fine and dandy, very little of it is aimed at anyone who wishes to follow in the financially successful footsteps of a Stephen King, Sandra Brown or James Paterson. To […]

Three Down, Two To Go – Some Thoughts After Reading Digital Fortress

September 11, 2012

The Digital Fortress I just completed Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. It’s the third book I’ve read by the super-successful writer (also include Angels and Demons along with The DaVinci Code), and in my opinion the most interesting and coherent of  the three books. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of an evening with Deception Point […]

Book Publishers Didn’t Used To Be Like This

July 2, 2012

The Seventies The year was 1972 and the month was December. The whole nation watched while Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon in the Taurus-Littrow valley. Their names and exploits are almost forgotten today, overshadowed by the first manned exploration of the moon that occurred several years […]

Writers Who Skipped College

June 11, 2012

“When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.“    Ray Bradbury Death of a Literary Giant Ray Bradbury died last week and upon his death, I happened to take a quick […]

Quotations From Chairman Ray

June 6, 2012

In Transition I just heard the news today. Ray Bradbury died last night, June 5, 2012. He had spent over 91 years on the planet and who knows where his soul will end up. Here is a hint that the science fiction writer might be making a long journey. Nonetheless, no matter what your belief […]

A Hot Prairie Wind

June 5, 2012

Entering Nebraska We were on our way to eastern Nebraska, when me and my traveling partner got dropped off at a busy intersection along I-76 in eastern Colorado. Unfortunately, we did not see the state prison until it was too late. This meant a 20-mile detour along two-lane highways, but eventually we got let off […]

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 […]

Survival of the Bookstore

May 12, 2012

A  Small Chain Today (Saturday May 12) is graduation day here in Boulder, Colorado, home of the U of C Buffaloes. As a result the town is packed with students and visitors. Unfortunately, the weather is iffy and the thousand or so young men and women, who are about to plunge into the real world, […]

Lessons From a Master, Reading Patterson

May 2, 2012

More Is Less I picked up a copy of James Patterson’s  Honeymoon, because I needed something to read and there was an abandoned copy of the book just lying around my place to stay. In fact, this was the only book available for leisure reading, but still after perusing the back cover and opening credits, […]

New Mexico As a Writer’s Retreat

April 17, 2012

Mountain  Retreat Recently, I just left the state of New Mexico for greener pastures hopefully on the coast of California. For the past winter I was gainfully employed as ski lift operator in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of northern New Mexico. During the course of the winter I got to watch quite a few […]

Books On Screenwriting

April 11, 2012

The Books Recently, I have taken advantage of some extra spare time and delved into several books on screenwriting. The titles involved include “Tales from the Script” edited by Peter Hanson and Paul Herman, “The Screenwriter’s Bible” by David Trotier and “The Whole Picture” by Richard Walter. Each book was fun to read in its […]

Maine Festival of the Book Comes of Age

April 3, 2012

2012 Book Festival in Portland Maine Today I received an e-mail from the national magazine, Poets and Writers, concerning a book festival in Portland, Maine that begins today and carries on through the weekend. For those interesting in attending, Saturday is the big day, but Friday does have an interesting opening night, including an illustrated […]

The Pancake Analogy

March 28, 2012

The Pancake Rule As Expressed by Joe Moore I just found this gem of an article by Joe Moore over at The Kill Zone Blog. In a nutshell, the rule as stated by the popular mystery writer says that novels are like pancakes in that you have to throw the first one out, so the […]

Thoughts from A NaNoWriMo Loser

December 6, 2011

 Winners & Losers All you have to do to win during the national writing month of November is to enter 50,000 words or more into the National Novel Writing Month website and you get access to a little banner that you can display on your website or comments around the internet. Presumily, the words have […]

A Reader of Scandinavian Crime Fiction

December 1, 2011

Northern Lights in Sweden with the rarely seen blue flames, courtesy of Wikipedia, picture by Varjisakka. What Is Scandinavian Crime Fiction Scandinavian Crime Fiction is a literary art form that easily falls under the category of Crime Fiction or even “Mystery”. The main difference between the mystery authors of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark is that […]

Flash Novels

November 20, 2011

Lightning during a storm The Writer Recently in the December issue of The Writer magazine, there appeared an article on ‘Flash Novels’ by Nancy Stohlman, a Colorado writer, who already has several books and an opera to her credit. In thi one page article article, Nancy embarks on a short discussion of a brave, new […]

A Book On Travel Quotes

October 13, 2011

Armchair Travelers Not only is armchair traveling safer, but it is more economical as well. Still, voyagers to far off lands sometimes return to write about what they have learned and what philosophical truths they have learned along the way. Many writers ranging from Mark Twain to Jan Morris have left home, returned and successfully […]

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 […]

Neil Young Joins The Rock’n Roll Memoirists Club

October 7, 2011

Neil Writes A Book Neil don’t look quite as young as he used to, but apparently the influential singer/songwriter is still going strong at age 65. Now besides all his musical performances, the Canadian musician has a book that will soon be published. According to the NY Times ArtBeat the book will be tentatively called […]

October Is National Book Month

October 5, 2011

Tough Times For Bookstores Even in today’s floundering economy a book is a good investment. For the most part prices are holding their own or dropping because booksellers are so anxious to increase their sales. Just recently I purchased, Charles Yu’s “How Yo Survive A Science Fiction Universe” at Barnes & Noble. The book was […]

Revisiting Joel Chandler Harris

August 24, 2011

Biography Joel Chandler Harris was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1845. His father abandoned the family at an early age, so Joel was raised by his mother with some financial help from a local doctor. During the War Between the States, Harris worked on the Turnwold Plantation. It was during these years that the young, […]

Literary Star Releases E-books

June 25, 2011

Harry Potter In E-book J.K. Rowling announced this week that the Harry Potter series will be now available  on electronic readers as an e-book. To further add fuel to the fire, Rowling has decided to market the e-books herself rather than go through the traditional literary agencies and booksellers that usually handle e-books for successful […]

Can A Writer Be a Literary Critic

June 20, 2011

Writer Beware In my opinion it is perfectly possible for a writer to dabble in literary criticism – after all there is probably nobody around who has a better working knowledge of the subject area. However, it may not be a good idea. This proposition is fueled by a recent visit to Edgar Allan Poe […]

Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man

June 14, 2011

Famous Author Sighting It’s not everyday that you get to glimpse a famous author, while standing in line at a grocery store. It happened to me last week, as I was waiting to pay at the Pathways Supermarket, located in a black middle-class neighborhood of  North Philly. The temperature on that early June day had […]

The Stats Are In

June 7, 2011

Mini Vacation Ended For anybody who visits this blog on a regular or irregular basis, you might have noticed that I have been silent for a week or so. The reason for this has been a brief journey I made to Pennsylvania with my mother. She is now headed back to the Carolinas and I […]

Ebook Bestsellers

June 6, 2011

Visiting An Old Friend This past weekend I was a guest at a friend’s house and so I was fortunate to have a chance to glance over the NY Times. One of the big surprises was the listing of ebook sellers. I guess this shows how often I get to read to the New York […]

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 […]

Good Day To Read A Book

May 20, 2011

 Spring Weather Unless you happen to reside near the banks of the Mississippi, this weekend might be a good time to grab a book, head outdoors and escape to another world, or just a different time and place. For many parts, cooler weather may still be in place, at least that’s the situation here in […]

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 […]