Category Archives: Blogs On Writing

The New York Times In My Driveway

My buddy, Ralph Miller, regularly sends articles, excerpts, and videos from the New York Times.  A week or so ago, he sent a link to an article about parrots being used with PTSD patients.  The title of the article, What … Continue reading

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What are you Reading?

A book is a serious investment for everyone involved with it. For sure, “everyone involved,” includes the person(s) who wrote it, and the person(s) who chose to read it. If the book is published conventionally, “everyone involved,” also includes an … Continue reading

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Vietnam Veterans Writing

Last week, I went to our storage space to find a couple of things. As is often the case on such trips, I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did find something I had forgotten was there. … Continue reading

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Charlie Brown on Writing

I cut this Peanuts comic strip out of the newspaper over 13 years ago.  It’s not as old or as profound as The Dead Sea Scrolls, but it is old and even though the message is presented lightly, it is … Continue reading

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Chuang Tsu on Writing

The Bible is the most translated book on the planet.  The second most translated is the Tao Te Ching,  authored well over two thousand years ago by Lao Tzu.  One of Lao Tzu’s most famous followers was Chang Tzu.  In the … Continue reading

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Jack Durish – Master of the Historical Novel

When Jack asked if I’d like to exchange blog interviews, I jumped at the opportunity. Here are his thoughts about his novel, Rebels on the Mountain. What is the one book you want us to read (title, genre, and availability). … Continue reading

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The Last Call Number 02

Any idea I had that finding the first eight chapters of an almost forgotten manuscript would make starting a new novel easier, is long gone. If anything, the process is more difficult. First, for the obvious reason, that I’m not … Continue reading

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Last Call Journal – #1

Last night, in my final journal post for Southern Investigation-Tucson, I said that I was going to start on Southern Investigation-Yancy when I finished proofing Tucson. Well, a couple of things happened today that changed my plans. First, I entered … Continue reading

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Journal of a Novel – Number Four

This is it. It’s done. All that’s left was a wrap up and I wrote that this afternoon when I finished Chapter 50. Then, Christina pointed out that a cast of characters would be good, so I’ve added one. In … Continue reading

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Journal of a Novel – Number Three

John Steinbeck hit a winner with the idea of warming up with a letter before writing each day. This is the fourth letter I’ve written before writing a scene in Southern Investigation – Tucson. Before I describe the scene I’ll … Continue reading

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