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(Social Media) Space Invaders

Nonsense that has nothing to do with our work or craft is pervasive on social media too. I have had a few idiots message or email me over the years, but I know I am fortunate I have never had to endure sexually suggestive DMs and emails from what appear to be real people. Obviously being a now slightly, uh, more mature man of course probably helps in that area.

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The Fiction Writers’ “Club”

My uncle once cornered me back in those same long ago 1990s about how for his next novel he planned to "borrow" the name of a friend of mine for a French policewoman character and base the character on her personality. "Oh, dear God, no," I recall half-laughing and, horrified, blurting out in response.

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On This Rainy 1st Of November

All of that - and about 1,000 pages more from just those two novels - is why I am here and why this blog exists: my writing.

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Now That I Have More Time For Reading…

I have not the slightest qualms about - if I died tomorrow - those being my "literary legacy." They say what I as their author want them to say.

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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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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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How Did It Become Almost October Already?

I need to take a moment. I wonder what "#writingcommunity" Twitter is up to? Dare I scroll?...

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Twenty Years Ago Today

One never knows what lies around the next corner and what trials may land upon us. Regardless I hope and pray now, today, that there shall be at least another twenty years more, which is, I suppose, overwhelming evidence of happiness in a marriage.

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Corrections, Corrections, Corrections

His last book had been published in 2004. I remember my mother around 2010 once having a go about my uncle's internet behavior. After getting off of the phone with him, in her kitchen Mom threw up her hands in disgust to me and declared something like, "Hemingway keeps moaning he can't write another novel. He sure as hell could if he'd just stay the hell off of Facebook."

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“How should an author respond? Don’t”

Having seen it unfold over the last two days, based on what I've learned over the years I wanted just to offer Ms. Avon some minor support. I did so in three quick tweets...

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From Today’s Authoring Roller Coaster

Oh, please. As I read that here once more, I can (as I did in March 2018) yet again feel an urge coming on to bash my head down on my desk repeatedly. For if her "time-travel"-based tale is "historical fiction"...

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From Yellowstone

The real reason we are here in the US: my niece and nephew wanted to go to Yellowstone Park. Months ago, we said, “Sure.”

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Tales Of “New Adulthood”

I realized yesterday that my previous post might mistakenly lead anyone new here to believe that I write novels only of two centuries ago and three-cornered cocked hats on gentleman and bonnets on ladies...