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(International) Friends

I was not going to write anything for another novel for at least six months. But when an idea hits, you have to write it down... because otherwise it may vanish from your mind never to be heard from again.

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Use The “Mute” And Even The “Unfollow”

The U.S. is really, I always remind non-Americans, a continent (Finland has the population of roughly Connecticut), and over the centuries has demonstrated a resiliency and managed - it still does - to evolve.

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“I don’t expect everyone to hang on my every word online, but…”

My (now late) uncle had warned me about that type. LOL!

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“Often I have gazed at that painting…”

When I realized I would write another novel of that era, I decided to try something of a "gamble" for that next novel: I would this time put faces on the cover(s).

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From This Author’s Desktop… Today

That was quite a post. You probably wish I would start writing a new novel sooner rather than later. After all, when I finally do, I will have less time to blog. LOL!

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Story Time

Why we write. What we write. We all have our stories. And what happens if I ever become massively famous? Let's just say I'll cross that family/friends bridge when I get to it. LOL!

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“What’s your name again?”

I thought this was worth a full blog post. Here are some characters from my two most recent novels... and how I recall inventing their names. All of them - particularly their first names - were chosen for their 18th century reality and country of origin...

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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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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!

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So Many Novel Thoughts

I had not planned it this way. This turned into a long and in-depth post, and if you don't want to stick around I fully understand. If you choose to do so, as you scroll down I hope you find parts interesting and maybe even offering some "advice" to you if you write too.

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Birthplace Of A President And Of A Story

From where authors get ideas, eh? A 2014 visit to Kinderhook and US president (1837-1841) Martin Van Buren's retirement estate got my mind racing. It filled my thinking by late 2015 as I wondered how I could pull together ideas in a new writing direction...

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Lessons Of An Earlier Time

What is going to become of our Kindle (and other e-readers) books a couple of generations down the road? Will a twenty year old born "50 years" from now even be able to access a "2019 tech" produced e-book?