A Massive Influence

He was a massive influence in persuading me to develop the courage to write.

Are You Engaged?

Are You Engaged?

Am I an "influencer"? LOL! I am certainly not a 22 year old woman. Yet maybe I am having more "influence" than I had thought?

That Most “Unsocial” Of Socials

That Most “Unsocial” Of Socials

Fed up. Done. Gone.

“Oft[en]-Stalkery?”

“Oft[en]-Stalkery?”

Given Austen has "Darcy" ask "Elizabeth" for marriage TWICE, the idea out there that he did not "pursue" her beyond a single request is therefore inaccurate.

Not My (Or Any Author’s) Space

Not My (Or Any Author’s) Space

As long as I am not being libelled (which is very unlikely in an internet comment), I must accept anyone may post the most negative and even most vitriolic diatribes in dismissing what I author (and I know some have).

F. Scott “Teacher”

F. Scott “Teacher”

I will run with a Fitzgerald example anytime compared with what I am told on the internet.

Wallis (The Sequel) Continues…

Wallis (The Sequel) Continues…

The path to removing yourself from the blinding spotlight of unwanted publicity is NOT to do an Oprah interview on CBS on a Sunday evening and anyone with half a brain knows that.

Thieves, Frauds, Plagiarists, And Publishing

Thieves, Frauds, Plagiarists, And Publishing

Welcome to just some tiny bits of the known theft and misrepresentation that besets authors and undermines reputable publishing, 2021 version.

All Of The Authors’ Questions

All Of The Authors’ Questions

I find it far easier to write when I use something about myself as a basis for something fictional. I think that is so because I know then that because it is not technically fictional that it then makes the fictional writing that much more truly human.

#NaïveWritingAdvice

#NaïveWritingAdvice

Are many Twitter fiction writers age 7 or truly this naïve? I'm starting to wonder.

On Page One

On Page One

Poland will play a part in the story. But I am saying no more here right now. 😉

When Words Will Not Do

When Words Will Not Do

Underneath language differences we are all basically the same. Wordless photography on Instagram can help remind us of that fact.

Who “Are” They?

Who “Are” They?

Real women in history have a major impact on my writing - in fictionalization. For that is the nature of writing fiction: I believe all fictionalization is invariably sourced - even subconsciously - from real people a writer has, in some way, shape, or form, bumped into somewhere in life.

The (Endlessly Evolving) American

The (Endlessly Evolving) American

We have always had trouble defining with precision what makes an American; but that is actually not a bad thing because that creates a flexibility about boundaries and allows the identity more easily to evolve.

Half A Decade Ago

Half A Decade Ago

I took a moment to be alone with her: I kissed her now lifeless forehead, and paused as I thought briefly on how while her troubles were mercifully over our lives going forward would never be the same...