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Read the Book, Watch the Movie

May 24, 2017

Screenwriters can learn a lot by viewing films created from novels that they have read.

Reviving Old Stories

March 2, 2017

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

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Does NaNoWriMo Really Help Writers?

November 8, 2011

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 from Hubble Complaints About NaNoWriMo Literary agents have not become great fans of NaMoWriMo. Fot it seems that come December 1, many become deluged with “fresh-from-the-oven” 50,000 word manuscripts. In fact, the situation has become so bad that some of the more popular agents close their doors for novel submission during […]

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 […]

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 […]

What I Learned From Demand Studios

September 7, 2011

One Month Out It’s been one month, since I got that final e-mail/ form letter that let me know that my services were no longer needed at DMS. For a while I lapsed into what can medically be described as Post Demand Media Syndrome or (PMDS). However, my nightly consumption of beer has decreased, and […]

My New Novel, Acadian Rendezvous

July 11, 2011

Simple Beginning This 80,000 word novel started out as a short story. The tale was originally entitled “The Art Critics”, but I changed the name to “A Night In Old New Orleans”. You can read the 6,000  word story here on Smashwords. After I completed the short story, I signed up from the November novel […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is This the New Wave?

May 18, 2011

The Future of Ebooks Are ebooks the wave of the future? What about ebook apps for handheld mobile devices such as iphones, smart phones and androids. If you haven’t gotten use to the fast-growing market of the ebook market on Kindle, Nooks and Kobos, there is a new field of communication devices that can download […]

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 […]

To Fib Or Not To Fib

May 15, 2011

“All warfare is based on deception” Sun Tzu The Art of War Not only is warfare based on deception, but so are a lot of other things including acting, advertising, the world’s oldest profession and writing fiction. Credit for the Tzu quote goes out to James Scott Bell, as he used the catchy phrase to […]

The Art of War For Writers

May 6, 2011

“He wins his battles by making no mistakes.” Sun Tzu A Hard to Define Genre I love to  read books about writing, especially when they are written by financially-successful practitioners of the craft. Some of my favorite authors in this unusual genre include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Natalie Goldberg. In fact, King’s book entitled […]

Kindle Expands To Germany

April 22, 2011

Yesterday Amazon announced that they now had a German division of Kindle ebooks to compliment their American and UK venues. At the same time it was stated that 650,000 titles are presently being offered, including 25,000 written in German. Although German readers have some capacity for reading and speaking English, this new development with probably […]