The Machine Reads

The Machine Reads

I have used the Kindle text reader on all of my books post-publication. My personal opinion: I have always felt my novels sound better when read aloud by a woman's voice.

The Entertainer

The Entertainer

By the way, I swear if you ever publish or "mine" from one of my emails here, I will murder you...

“Fiction comes from fact…”

“Fiction comes from fact…”

Angry emails now started to fly between them, public accusations started to be hurled back and forth, friends jumped in to defend both, something from one of them (I forget which) ended up I think in the Boston Globe newspaper (honestly, by then I was losing the will to live reading about this)...

She Was 90

She Was 90

Her parents came over in the 1920s from what is today the Republic of Ireland. She had also spent some of her childhood back there, including some of early World War II, under the care of an aunt. To the end of her life, those childhood years living in Ireland were special and happy memories for her...

Ramble (28 Sept 2021)

Ramble (28 Sept 2021)

A few thoughts on what I am doing and on what we see going on out there currently. None of it is really is worth an entire post. You may agree or not agree with some of it, but it is just what I think...

“When you write a good book, I’ll publish it”

“When you write a good book, I’ll publish it”

Home alone last evening, I made myself a spaghetti and meatballs dinner. I also sought something "different" to watch on a streaming service. In a "classic" movies mood, on Amazon Prime I stumbled on The Wedding Night. It is a 1935 romantic drama starring Gary Cooper and Anna Sten...

The Book Argument

The Book Argument

Both ebooks and paper books have their positives and negatives - and it is up to a reader to decide which platform best suits their reading taste.

What Would Jefferson Do?

What Would Jefferson Do?

...do not hesitate to reply... that, well, you were vaccinated because that is what Thomas Jefferson would have had done...

USS Constitution Is Staying In Port

USS Constitution Is Staying In Port

Yes, yes, everyone knows France signed an alliance in 1778 with the new U.S. to aid (for a variety of reasons: from some there truly supporting the idea of "liberty" to others who merely saw a great opportunity to stick it to France's long-time adversary, Great Britain) the country in its war for independence. But much less known today...

Ramble #1

Ramble #1

I am introducing here a new type of post: "a ramble." Although, then again, I suspect you would probably note, "Uh, how is this different, given you ramble all the time?"

The Favo(u)rites

The Favo(u)rites

It is a simple enough question. Surely every author has some favorites? Surely every reader too - we are all readers, of course - has some favorites?

Two Decades Later

Two Decades Later

I recall clicking between the BBC and CNN International and seeing the sickening images we now recall all too well. I also tried to call my parents in New York, but all I got repeatedly was a busy signal.

Not From A “Wish List”

Not From A “Wish List”

I don't write a woman any differently, really, than I do a man. I write women characters based on my own relationships, conversations, and related life observations and experiences...

“90 Percent”

“90 Percent”

That message to me from that reader is also no surprise in this sense: Insofar as I can tell, some "90 percent" of my readers have always been women.

This Surprising August

This Surprising August

The full draft that I had worried in July was NOT close to being finished, is, as August ends, NEARLY DONE...