The Artist As A Coward

The Artist As A Coward

If you fear what you create for the public will be critiqued, I suggest it would be best if you did not create anything for the public.

Stories About Stories

Stories About Stories

And if I run into the "aspiring author" stuff one more time on social media, or well, anywhere, I may, uh, well... I just hate seeing it.

Tuned Balloon

Tuned Balloon

Seeing that post from her made me smile.

“While I like to hope I have changed your world…”

“While I like to hope I have changed your world…”

My guess is I have a modest flow of new novel readers only because as I have kept writing books I have also made sure I have regularly posted on my blog here: the two go hand in hand.

When You Are @-ed

When You Are @-ed

He thought reading reviews is usually unhelpful to a writer. Bad reviews are likely to discourage you without actually providing much help for future writing; on the other hand reading good ones might go to your head and bring on a sense of complacency.

“If truth be told…”

“If truth be told…”

On Sunday, a writer on Instagram "tagged" me asking me to explain myself: "If truth be told." Hmm. I don't normally do tags. However, she's a good Instagrammer and writer, so I decided I would this time.

Within “Ten Minutes”

Within “Ten Minutes”

...and my uncle jumps to my mind and I imagine him lecturing me how this needs to be turned into a screenplay and he knows a screenwriter and she's fantastic and I think yep he always knows a woman and he asks me where did I get those women geez...

To Blog, Or Not To Blog?

To Blog, Or Not To Blog?

Instagram as well as other social media platforms are just not nearly as flexible or personal as a blog.

At “5 o’clock in the mornings”

At “5 o’clock in the mornings”

At “5 o’clock in the mornings” thinking and typing sessions at my PC over in the Catskills, in upstate New York, I began outlining and producing a travel/students/Europe/romance story…

Then There Is Marmite

Then There Is Marmite

Ah, but just mention MARMITE and that gets you Great Britain's full attention!

You Get The Chaotic Picture

You Get The Chaotic Picture

The poster you follow and admire today may not even be there tomorrow; he or she could just delete everything and disappear.

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

Having written it, I had been thinking, "That's enough. I did it..."

An Issue Of “Manners”

An Issue Of “Manners”

I don't have it happen often, but I noticed it did happen to me yesterday...

An Unvisited Subcontinent

An Unvisited Subcontinent

I find myself increasingly wanting eventually to write something that includes India. What I consider a major hurdle, however, is I have never been there.

Here Are “The Top Five”

Here Are “The Top Five”

In the last few days I've seen a currently mega-popular male writer pop up in my Instagram feed repeatedly praised by several people I follow. Read his book! they declare. It changed my life! I'll pass. However, when others effusively push a current-day wildly popular writer you've read some of and couldn't stomach (you understand [...]