Around The “Water Cooler” Again

So today here is more - some of it lighthearted - from fellow authors on Twitter... as they (I am taking a rest after finishing a 600 page novel, and I admit I am not writing currently) again gather around the authors' office's "water cooler" to gab (when it appears at least some of them, uh, should be nose to the grindstone and writing)...

“Adults” Only, Please

Shush... don't even mumble the words "new adult" please.

Never Forget: Publishing Is A Business

Writing may be all about "creativity" for you; but never forget that publishing is a business.

(Some) Men

It may still even in 2020 be about getting home alive. So what is the solution to men who behave like thugs?


One major thing as a writer I have come to learn: “five” people can read the same exact passage and each will come away with a takeaway uniquely theirs and perhaps even one I had never much considered.

The Quest For “The Double”

At my mention of Fitzgerald, my wife smiled and turned to my nephew (with me sitting right there) and declared, "He [meaning me] has a Fitzgerald fixation currently."

Welcome To The United Kingdom, Meghan (Repost)

Appropriate today, I think for a "repost." Aside from the very end, I originally posted what follows on November 28, 2017...

Into 2020 We Go

If for no other reason, it is a good idea - I feel - to be mindful on social media as in person simply because that used to be called "good manners."

“Best” Book Of This Century?

My favorite novel published... in this 21st century? Hmm. I cannot say I have one...

At Year’s End

Well, 2019 is concluding. The idea for a year end post hit me. I thought post-Christmas I'd offer up some thoughts minus any, uh, colorful metaphors we often used in our casual chats as if I were telling you.

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas is now well and truly nearly upon us. However, writers are always writing... and - nowadays - tweeting too...

(Switch On) Location Services

Travel - particularly when engaged in relatively young - is certainly one activity that helps create life experiences. It enables a building up of a personal bank of events and interactions. You will almost certainly find that pile of memories useful eventually if you turn to writing.

Brave New World(s) (Of Humans)

In a real sense, if you want to be truly fearless now as an author, write about people. As we see increasingly, putting humans on your pages is dangerous authoring territory.

Daydreaming (When You Should Be Writing)

And, of course, when it comes to starring in your film adaptation, let's not forget the women. In my mind, if I think about it, uh, yes, I would love to see...

How I Decide If I Want To Read A Book

I rejoined Twitter in August because it intrigued me in terms of possibly helping me locate new writers. I like to read serious ones who don't have thousands of "phantom" (or perhaps bought) followers and are sincerely blogging/tweeting...