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A “Review” That “Spooks And Horrifies” Too

Endings are, uh, I think, reasonably important to us as readers. I am of course interested in what will happen (or why would I be reading the book in the first place?), but I don't really want to know how a book ends... until I get to the end.

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The Rewritten “Me”

I CANNOT believe anyone could be that HAPPY as a writer. To be a writer is to me forever to be some degree of "miserable." All that really varies is the daily depth of the misery: some days are worse than others.

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“Look Inside”

As writers we do have to nod to the reality that many - probably most - readers now read books differently than was the norm in the past. They are not in a favorite chair before a roaring fireplace undisturbed while immersed in that single leather volume in their lap...

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Over A Morning Coffee

I want to polish off Tomorrow The Grace once and for all. I'm trying to catch every "A" that should be "a," every "there" that should be "their," and every "," that should be "." So after this post, I'm not going to be on social media much for some days. But in social media terms, you guys here come first...

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Social Media “Rules” (For Me)

My mood was such I felt I would have bitten the head off of anyone who looked at me even slightly sideways. Unfortunately, one person did, on Instagram...

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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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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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#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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Corrections, Corrections, Corrections

His last book had been published in 2004. I remember my mother around 2010 once having a go about my uncle's internet behavior. After getting off of the phone with him, in her kitchen Mom threw up her hands in disgust to me and declared something like, "Hemingway keeps moaning he can't write another novel. He sure as hell could if he'd just stay the hell off of Facebook."

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That Insta-Pianoforte

A "spirited" online discussion is one thing, but NEVER be libelous... or, well, stupid in what you write. Think before you post anything. I am sure you know seemingly EVERYONE is now on social media somewhere - including, uh, your employer, or your desired future employer, or that college you so hope to attend. You NEVER know who will see what you post...

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What Not To Read, And What To Read

Read that masterpiece again. The nature of those who follow her and whom she also follows are essentially a problem for her now. I am a problem, I see?

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On This Fourth Of July 2019

To my fellow Americans, wherever you are in the world, Happy Independence Day. 🙂

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For Summer Today, The World Of Then…

I blog here; but I’m not really a blogger. I'm here because of a decidedly different kind of writing. I'm here for my novels...

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What Are You Reading?

Considering myself "harshly" in that way, from the outset I have felt I am not particularly "representative" of male fiction writers of the present.