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...

That Matter Of Life Or Death

That Matter Of Life Or Death

Presumably - and we hope - today will not be THE last day. But every morning, every day now, I suspect, could be that day. We brace ourselves so we are not shocked.

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...

“Tag this!” he yelled

“Tag this!” he yelled

Let's start the week by looking at some Instagrammer writing advice I stumbled upon yesterday...

And Always Writing Remains

And Always Writing Remains

I am now still on Facebook-owned Instagram and enjoy it, as I like photography and social interaction - which is what I had thought I was signing up for in joining it - until I suppose I will not be there either...

“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.

All The Books That Would Not Be

All The Books That Would Not Be

The "Don't shop with Amazon, shop with small businesses" mantra is unsurprisingly all over the place on (amusingly usually controlled by other giant corporations, such as Facebook) social media. Amazon is now deemed its seems practically the fount of all evil. However, I am going to choose briefly to be something of a contrarian here on that subject in at least a narrow sense, and being one is not new to me...