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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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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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“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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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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At Another Novel’s End

Feeling with the novel's conclusion that I am about to cross another life Rubicon, I am taking a few days to savor this interval before "the world" sees it... I want also to let off some writing steam here in what is likely to be the last pre-publication blog post.

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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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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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Writers Talking Writing, Part 6

I don't see a problem with tweeting a couple of times a day. That said, I don't see how some of the writers in Twitter's #writingcommunity actually write anything. It does often appear many seem to do little but tweet... about writing! LOL!

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An Accidental Treasure

One of the best creative decisions I believe I ever made in terms of family memory was fitting so much of my parents, my (novelist) uncle, and a grandmother, into my first three books.

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The Sun Also Rises… On A Monday

You are running a real personal risk writing under your real name. If you are not a "timid" author, chances are you will write - even inadvertently - something that will offend someone.

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#writingcommunity 4 This Sunday

I decided to give the manuscript a rest for a couple of days. What else to do? Hmm. Maybe loiter around the office "water cooler?" Last night, I made the mistake of scrolling again through #writingcommunity Twitter...

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Pre-Birthday London

My birthday present.

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About Tomorrow Today

Q: Recently, controversially on your blog, you attacked sci-fi and fantasy writers. Are you trying to be hounded off of social media and chased into hiding in, uh, Norway? N: There's nothing wrong with Norway. But I didn't attack them...

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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?...