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Against the Odds

February 15, 2017

For some, the real work begins after the initial task is complete.

Solitude

February 6, 2017

You don’t have to travel to far off wilderness areas to experience solitude. It can happen right outside your back door.

How Has Writing Affected the Way You Read?

February 1, 2017

Writing fiction has changed the way I read.

Breaking the Rules

January 9, 2017

Like drinking alcohol, breaking writing rules can be most beneficial, when practiced in moderation.

Resilient

January 3, 2017

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

Magic

November 18, 2016

Is there life after being sawed in half?

Why I’m Not Participating In NaNoWriMo This Year

November 6, 2016

Drinking eggnog is more fun than writing novels.

My Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer

November 2, 2016

                What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? My favorite aspect of being a writer is getting paid and right behind that is the thrill of seeing something in print, including online. Of course, it sort of goes without saying that you can’t get paid something […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nora Ephron

June 27, 2012

Noted Screenwriter Passes On I was sitting in a fast-food restaurant this morning watching CNN news with one of the most popular movie clips was aired……And that was the one where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a restaurant, while talking to her boyfriend. Everybody should recognize the popular scene as being part of When […]

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 […]

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 […]

Desert Solitiare

May 4, 2012

My Situation I have been in the city of Las Vegas for almost three weeks now and without having ever ventured out into the surrounding countryside, I have learned quite a lot about the place. First of all Las Vegas is much bigger than the infamous strip that attracts the majority of out of town […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reading Old Short Stories

December 11, 2011

Paperback Collections of Short Stories Recently, at my place to stay, I came across a old much used paperback edition of short stories edited by the English writer, V.S. Pritchett. More formally known as Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett, the British author was born in 1900 and lived until 1997, making th man an excellent chronicler […]

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 […]

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 […]