“Big Travel” Is Watching Us

I received this email yesterday. I was taken aback. I have no idea how TripAdvisor (U.S.?) paired these two destinations for me: Yes, I've been to both places. But I don't recall ever telling them that - particularly not since my Key West visit (my first) in 2014. While I apparently "joined" TripAdvisor in April …

“The Competition” Identified

It's surprising to open an Amazon email and see one of your books at the top of the list among others Amazon appears to consider "similar" to it: I screen grabbed as much of it as I could. Two unmistakably have "romance" in the title. I may have to "investigate" those, and others (I kept …

He Says, She Says

During our phone chat a few weeks ago (because we weren't able to get together as hoped), my uncle told me that (based on what he'd read so far) he considered what I write nicely readable. That's a good thing, though, he asserted. If it's what I want, I should run with it. But I …

A “Fan Email” Brightens A Gray Morning

The Catskills in early April: it's certainly not Florida. I just took a few snaps out the back just after dawn. Yep, there's still lots of snow against the house and scattered here and there in the woods: Back for a brief stay at the "scene" of the "crime": where I wrote most of the …

“Just keep going”

I've had various jobs over the years in academia and in business. I've never been especially "fragile." I've always been confident about my skills and what I bring to the table. But throw that out the window the instant you take up something creative, such as fiction writing. No matter what you've done before, what …

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