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?

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...

“Solitude”: The Worst Thing

“Solitude”: The Worst Thing

Experiences and interactions are needed to underscore good original fiction, which means an author cannot just sit for decades in front of a PC… alone.

“Get To Know A Writer”

“Get To Know A Writer”

Thus me... if you happen to be new here and have not clicked away already. LOL! "Get to know a writer?" Okay, here we go...

Not For The Last Time

Not For The Last Time

When some strongly criticize US "interventionism," such critics rarely condemn U.S. troops invading Sicily in 1943, or Normandy in 1944, or kicking in the gates to Nazi concentration camps, or even battling for South Korea from 1950-53...

“I pick up my iPad, open my social media, and I see…”

“I pick up my iPad, open my social media, and I see…”

I only buy a book because a topic and style interests me and, well, I would like to read it; I would buy it if it came to my attention regardless of whether I "knew" the author or not...

To “Her” Out There

To “Her” Out There

What I do want to do as a writer regardless is to seize and hold her reading imagination. Oh, and I write "her" there deliberately in particular because I know, based on my known readership, that some 9 out of 10 of my readers is "her," including even some 20-somethings like you.

To Be Remembered

To Be Remembered

Someone has been with me for what, this autumn, will be (I hope) my sixth novel since 2012-2013. She has the patience of a saint. LOL!

What He “Said”

What He “Said”

The internet is full of writing advice. Frankly, when it comes to advice and examples to follow, I look mostly to truly accomplished authors.

232 Years Ago…

232 Years Ago…

Briefly considering the events of July 14, 1789 and those that immediately followed, only months after that day...

The Creating

The Creating

I would not want any editor anywhere near me who believed anything approaching either, because clearly we are coming at this writing fiction thing from largely differing and even irreconcilable perspectives.