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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.

The Road Taken

March 2, 2017

Before you hit the road, you might want to consider your means of travel.

A Good Match

February 22, 2017

Outdoor art need not come in large forms.

Stomp

February 22, 2017

Like many large animals, the elephant’s life in the wild is severely threatened.

Against the Odds

February 15, 2017

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

Tea

February 15, 2017

With a nod to Cat Stevens, this tillerman helps discover North America.

Ambience

January 18, 2017

Las Vegas has a great ambience for street photographers.

Resilient

January 3, 2017

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

Spiral

December 15, 2016

Spirals are found naturally on our planet earth and also in outer space.

Relax

December 2, 2016

                Relax This would be a nice place to relax. Wish I was there now.   Relax

It’s Not This Time of Year Without An Inflatable Santa Claus

November 26, 2016

The way we see Santa Claus has changed over the years. He is still the jolly fat man in the red suit, but his message may be changin’ with the times.

Why I’m Not Participating In NaNoWriMo This Year

November 6, 2016

Drinking eggnog is more fun than writing novels.

Chaos

November 4, 2016

Sometimes, chaos can prevent you from finding your way.

Stripes

November 3, 2016

Sometimes Mother Nature provides the best subject matter for abstract drawings and paintings, as seen in this art marker drawing.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marilyn, The Reader

May 16, 2012

In the News Today, I turned on one of those morning news TV programs and learned that the Marilyn Monroe statue in Chicago was being taken down and moved to Palm Springs, CA. To be honest I never knew such an art creation had been put up. Once I realized what the statue was and […]

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, […]