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The Ink is Dry

I finally signed a contract with Five Star Publishing for my Civil War novel, Dread Tribunal of Last Resort. The novel will be released in hardback next July (2020). The story allowed me to focus on two obsessions at once–the American Civil … Continue reading

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Award Time

Some awards for Independent/small press publishers were announced last month, and my novel, “The Fat Lady’s Low, Sad Song,” was honored twice. The Maxy Awards were named for a young girl, Max, born with a congenital brain disorder. Maxy ended … Continue reading

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Big News Coming

The ink has to dry first, but I have big news coming. In the meantime, let me drop a teaser consisting of a photo and a bullet list of facts. The first war to feature rocket warfare, submarine kills and … Continue reading

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Finding the Time to Write

Writers procrastinate. In a busy world, finding something other than writing to do is easy. Having dawdled away entire decades, I found myself without anything to show for the time spent talking about writing (most often with a beer in … Continue reading

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A Small Favor

Critters Writer’s Workshop is a free, online workshop for writers, fun by Andrew Burt, former VP of Science Fiction Writers of America. Critters holds an annual poll for the “best-of,” and my novel, The Fat Lady’s Low, Sad Song was … Continue reading

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A MODEST GRAMMAR PROPOSAL

The grammar police (“To correct and serve”) have a legitimate complaint. Language is under assault, and the malevolent perpetrators are, as in Dickens’s time, ignorance and want. No offense to educators (take note—offense intended by its denial), grammar isn’t being … Continue reading

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Seminar Links

Writing to you now from the Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. I’m giving a two-hour seminar on self-publishing. Below, you’ll find a series of links that will be mentioned in the seminar. Feel free to copy and … Continue reading

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Blunt Advice

You may have a friend who is plain-spoken to the point of being blunt. Someone straddling the line between honesty and bad manners. Someone uneasy around sensitive people, often responding to a frown with, “Just kidding!” Some of my favorite … Continue reading

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Kill Your Adverbs

Stephen King said, “I believe the road to Hell is paved with adverbs.” But the pesky devils sneak into your fiction—pull out any work-in-progress and there they are, lurking. According to author Beth Ann Erickson, schools are still teaching adverbs … Continue reading

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