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Verb-al Abuse

A tidbit of information came to me from the cap of a Snapple bottle (the source of all knowledge).* Here’s the whole story: Le Train de Nulle Part (The Train from Nowhere) is a 233-page novel…

Sound Bites

Author Stephen King advises writers to “Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.” Very good advice…but do those photographs speak? Last week, my husband and I saw The Revena…

I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules

I had a plot, characters, theme(s), time-frame (1849) and setting. I had done a great deal of research (although that would not end throughout the process of writing my historical novel, Embracing …

Drill Baby Drill

...into the subject. Come on! What did you think I meant? My current novel series is historical in scope - meaning (unless I wanted misconceptions, myths and anachronisms in my work (which I didn'...

Heartfelt Admiration

Can you feel the heartbeat? I am drawn to clever plots and smart dialogue and complex characters, but if I can’t hear the heartbeat of a story, I am left wanting. The promise of heart is appealing:…

The History Rhyme

"Miraculous new communications technologies have suddenly appeared, transforming everyday life. Everything is moving discombobulatingly fast. Globalization accelerates. Wall Street booms. Outside S...

The Power of Beta

I’m from the high-tech world where a beta test is the penultimate step before a product is released on the public. Until recently, however, I hadn’t contemplated that “beta”…

Whispers

As a big movie fan, I watched the 88th Academy Awards show last night (as did several million others). I was surprised by some of the winners, but still pleased – for the surprises were, in …

An Agent for Change

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. – R. Buckminster Fuller | Motivative! Motivational & Inspirational Images