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Silver Linings

Life is Full of Surprises My mother wasn’t the smartest person in the world. Don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t stupid, she wasn’t even “not intelligent,” but she would never wow anyone with her fierce intelligence. She wasn’t the funniest person either. She had a sense of humor, but in our family her humor always […]

“D” is For Dare—A Challenge to Sue Grafton

An Indie Author’s Response to Sue Grafton I know I shouldn’t do this. I know it’s like responding to a bad review…but I couldn’t help myself. Sue Grafton pissed me off. Sue Grafton, bestselling mystery author, has been in the headlines recently, but not for her books. This time it’s for her mouth, or rather, […]

Toning Down the Truth

Sometimes You Have to Lie to Make Your Writing Believable My first book was published in April, and in late May I got emails from a few readers. Two of them said how much they loved the book, but they found it difficult to believe that six-year-old kids would have been smoking. Everything else they […]

An Erotic Rendezvous

Writing Erotica I have always tried to keep my posts “G-rated,” but with all the excitement over Fifty Shades of Grey and the landslide of books following it, I felt I had to do something drastic. Keep in mind, this character is not me. I swear. Temptation I was feeling a little down, and quite lazy […]

How Writing is Like Laying Bricks

Anything Good Takes Time. I have read a lot of articles and advice from people about writing, and how writers should just write. Hurry up and write. Write. Write. Write. Somewhere in the article they mention, in passing, about making sure the quality is there, but the focus usually shifts back to writing fast so you can […]

Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Wrongful Thoughts Have you ever had one of those thoughts where you judge somebody before you get to know them? Maybe because of their skin color, sexual persuasion, the way they dress or where they live—or their religion? On any given day you can search the news and find horrible stories of prejudice, hate crimes, […]

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