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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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(Social Media) Space Invaders

Nonsense that has nothing to do with our work or craft is pervasive on social media too. I have had a few idiots message or email me over the years, but I know I am fortunate I have never had to endure sexually suggestive DMs and emails from what appear to be real people. Obviously being a now slightly, uh, more mature man of course probably helps in that area.

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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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NaNoWriMo…NoNo

Writing a short story in "30 days" is probably not an unreasonable ask. However, writing a novel (meaning at least 40,000 words; below that, it's a novella really) is a much more complicated undertaking. What you begin today likely won't see light of completed day for at least a year and probably more.

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On This Rainy 1st Of November

All of that - and about 1,000 pages more from just those two novels - is why I am here and why this blog exists: my writing.

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Behind Closed (Bedroom) Doors

Let's discuss sex. Presumably I have now your full attention! LOL!

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Home Is This Blog (Since 2013)

I had never used Instagram until back in 2016, when I started that account to supplement my blog here. I approached Insta with no illusions. I knew I was not a "19 year old woman"; I was a male writer. But I thought it could used as outreach to those who had never heard of me or my blog here - and particularly to women, who are the bulk of my readers.

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The Good Things

How about some of the upsides? In raising that question, I won't address it with a sappy set of offerings and memes and #lovewriting #lovelife #lovepuppies hashtags. Rather I want to share some realistic good things about being an author. A list of the first few that come to my mind...

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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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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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PUBLISHED: “Tomorrow The Grace”

Lives... lived amidst the end of a thousand year way of life and the arising of a new in one country, the struggle to preserve the independence of another, and the consolidation of an entirely new one - a distant and strange place across the ocean calling itself the United States of America...

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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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Write Your Book

Who is real historically in that "letter?" And who is not? It should not and does not matter. What matters is they should all read as REAL.

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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...