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Atop

March 15, 2017

Climbing to the top requires determination, dedication, perseverance and foresight.

Wish

March 8, 2017

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. You never know who might show up.

Reviving Old Stories

March 2, 2017

Reworking and rewriting old stories can take you to new places.

A Good Match

February 22, 2017

Outdoor art need not come in large forms.

Mischief

February 1, 2017

Mischievous pranks are often perpetuated by seldom-seen tricksters or “little people”.

Anticipation

December 16, 2016

Trouble can come at any time.

Soup

December 8, 2016

Spring is a long way, but when it finally arrives, plants start sprouting and growing adding to our palate, as they grow.

Why I’m Not Participating In NaNoWriMo This Year

November 6, 2016

Drinking eggnog is more fun than writing novels.

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 […]

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 […]

Screenplay To Novel

August 30, 2012

Topsy-Turvey World Recently, I just finished writing my first screenplay. I wanted to create a novel  from the story, but putting together a screenplay meant possibly collecting more financial rewards from a lesser amount of work. On the up side after penning only about 22,000 words, I now have a marketable item, which can be […]

Riding Literary Coattails

August 17, 2012

Brisque E-book Towards the end of July, Jason Konrath in his excellent blog, A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing, did a little plug for an erotic take-off of Alice In Wonderland written by Melinda DuChamp and available on Kindle, first as a free download and currently as a paid download. The ebook cover with its series […]

Ebook Covers

July 21, 2012

The Book Cover “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, English idiom. This little saying may be true, but when it comes to selling a book, all of a sudden the cover becomes very important, especially in today’s world, where our ability to create images has been greatly increased by broadcast television, digital imagery […]

(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 […]

The Literary Tattoo

July 14, 2012

Body Text Though the above text is from the outside of the Gutenberg Museum in Las Vegas, NV, the old font dates back to Johannes Gutenberg’s first movable type that was employed in the 1400’s.  These stylish letters are still in use today and they represent  something a skilled tattoo artist might choose to apply […]

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 […]

Pack Up Your Sorrows

June 15, 2012

“A crucial ingredient for the formation of a novelist – romantic humiliation and heartbreak. The unhappy childhood gives you the tool of observation. Unrequited crushes, romantic despair, a few memorable breakups, will give you something to write about,”    Jennifer Weiner,  author of  “Good In Bed” (2001), “In Her Shoes” (2002), “Little Earthquakes” (2004), and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Literary Resolutions for 2012

January 11, 2012

Major Changes For Me In 2012 My life has already undergone major changes and the year is only a few days old with the end of the Christmas season still a day or two away. (Don’t forget there are 12 days in Christmas). Since the week before Christmas Day, I have been living in northern […]

Winter in Santa Fe

December 23, 2011

Blue Door with Wreath in Santa Fe Local Santa Fe Color Today, I returned to Santa Fe, NM for the first time in 15 years and to my surprise the place looked very much the same as when I last saw the New Mexico mountain town. The main difference was that the city was bathed […]

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 […]

NaNoWriMo Ends

November 30, 2011

                                                                                                       Across the Center of Centauris No More Late Nights (or early mornings) I have a confession to make. This year I have not been burning the midnight oil in order to complete NaNoWriMo. In fact, I have been often going to bed between the hours of 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Instead, I have […]

Demand Studios Cutbacks On Upfront Articles

October 15, 2011

News From Demand Studios Since I am no longer sanctioned as a DS writer, I have to get my news second hand through places like Demand Studios Review. This spot on the internet has been unusually quiet lately, but their was a thread at Absolute Write Water Cooler that caught my eye. The forum was […]

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 […]