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Behind Closed (Bedroom) Doors

Let's discuss sex. Presumably I have now your full attention! LOL!

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Home Is This Blog (Since 2013)

I had never used Instagram until back in 2016, when I started that account to supplement my blog here. I approached Insta with no illusions. I knew I was not a "19 year old woman"; I was a male writer. But I thought it could used as outreach to those who had never heard of me or my blog here - and particularly to women, who are the bulk of my readers.

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The Good Things

How about some of the upsides? In raising that question, I won't address it with a sappy set of offerings and memes and #lovewriting #lovelife #lovepuppies hashtags. Rather I want to share some realistic good things about being an author. A list of the first few that come to my mind...

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The Rewritten “Me”

I CANNOT believe anyone could be that HAPPY as a writer. To be a writer is to me forever to be some degree of "miserable." All that really varies is the daily depth of the misery: some days are worse than others.

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Being A “NWIP” Author

I have some ideas, and scraps here and there; but that's all. So what does a "NWIP (no work-in-progress) author" do the day after the latest "magnum opus" is published? Well, he heads for Wales...

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PUBLISHED: “Tomorrow The Grace”

Lives... lived amidst the end of a thousand year way of life and the arising of a new in one country, the struggle to preserve the independence of another, and the consolidation of an entirely new one - a distant and strange place across the ocean calling itself the United States of America...

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At Another Novel’s End

Feeling with the novel's conclusion that I am about to cross another life Rubicon, I am taking a few days to savor this interval before "the world" sees it... I want also to let off some writing steam here in what is likely to be the last pre-publication blog post.

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Write Your Book

Who is real historically in that "letter?" And who is not? It should not and does not matter. What matters is they should all read as REAL.

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“Look Inside”

As writers we do have to nod to the reality that many - probably most - readers now read books differently than was the norm in the past. They are not in a favorite chair before a roaring fireplace undisturbed while immersed in that single leather volume in their lap...

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Over A Morning Coffee

I want to polish off Tomorrow The Grace once and for all. I'm trying to catch every "A" that should be "a," every "there" that should be "their," and every "," that should be "." So after this post, I'm not going to be on social media much for some days. But in social media terms, you guys here come first...

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Social Media “Rules” (For Me)

My mood was such I felt I would have bitten the head off of anyone who looked at me even slightly sideways. Unfortunately, one person did, on Instagram...

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Imperial War Museum, Duxford

With our two better halves busy yesterday, another husband (and a friend) and I went off to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (I suppose, as guys might do when left to their own devices), which is just south of Cambridge...

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How “Stars” Are Born

Unless he/she is a direct lift from some actual person, even as the author I find it may be hard to recall precisely how I thought of him/her. It is amusing to take some time, sit back, and ask yourself: "How did I invent you?"

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In The British Autumn Rain (While Recovering From Jet Lag)

Friday evening’s flight to London wasn’t as great an experience as back on Sept 6, but it was still decent. I would now fly American again. Anyway, with a novel still to finish, I'm back now in Britain...

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The Missed

Pondering time may be unnerving and even scary. Naturally, though, it goes by - as a famous song declares. It is inescapable. But in all of that is also at least GREAT potential material for a writer. LOL!