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Reviving Old Stories

March 2, 2017

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

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How Has Writing Affected the Way You Read?

February 1, 2017

Writing fiction has changed the way I read.

Resilient

January 3, 2017

This pesky feline has proved to be one of the most resilient fictional characters of all time.

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 […]

Savannah and the Southern Mystique

February 24, 2011

  The Southern Mystique is not really a tangible item. Nonetheless, the concept has been widely explored by scores of writers from all around the country. Even though residence in Dixie is not a pre-requisite, most of the practitioners draw from family ties that are well rooted in the South. Whether it is due to […]

At Last, A Novella

February 9, 2011

Well at last I got something published. The title is The Art Critics and the story takes place in New Orleans before Katrina. OK it was only an e-book and I never was able to find an agent and I only published a quarter of my final manuscript, but all-in-all, I’m satisfied with the effort. […]

Smashwords Premium Catalog

February 8, 2011

Here is the cover for my first e-book, which is actually a 4,000 word short story about a snowman. The tale probably best fits into the fantasy category, but it contains satirical elements as well. The written piece can be downloaded from Smashwords for a meager sum of $0.99 USD onto most reading devices. E-book […]

Quick Writers

January 23, 2011

Recently, Michael Larsen ( of the Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency) wrote an interesting post, entitled “8 Reasons To Write Your Book Fast”.  One of the reasons includes the possibility that you may not be the only person with the idea or  there is also the economic reality that the sooner you finish the project, the sooner […]

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 […]

Orson Scott Card On Writing

January 7, 2011

I have a confession to make. I love to read books on writing, especially those penned by successful authors. Orson Scott Card, author of the award winning sci-fi tale, “Ender’s Game”, is one of my favorites. Recently, I just came across a copy of  “Characters & Viewpoints” in the local library and at present I […]

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 Literary New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2011

Today is the first working day of the New Year and so now it is time for all good writers to declare their goals for the New Year. Before making your New Year’s resolution, you might want to consider whether your goals are attainable or not. Jane Lebak underscores the point perfectly in today’s blog […]

More Blogs

December 13, 2010

Searching around the blogosphere I have come across several informative and fun literary sites that I failed to mention is first go-around, while exploring the web. The first link goes to an old NY veteran, who blogs only occasionally. His name is Alan Rinzler, and he blogs at a site called The Book Deal. Even […]

Choosing An Image

November 29, 2010

  I’m in the process of coming up for a cover for 6,000 word short story that I am planning to submit to Amazon Digital Text Platform this week. The story is called the Art Critics and takes place in New Orleans before Katrina. The storyline concerns the adventures and misadventures of two young men […]

Greetings World

April 2, 2010

Greetings from the Blue Fox Cafe. It’s where I like to come and hang out, watch the world go round and send out my two cents worth. And of course take in the pleasure of a cup of coffee or two. Usually two. That’s how I make it through the day.  The Blue Fox Cafe […]