Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Self-Publishing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Turn the Page

Fitzgerald Resurrected

I just finished reading the newly published collection of lost stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it brought back my decades-old teenage obsession with Scott and Zelda. My younger self was taken with the tragic progression of Zelda's life, but in this book, I found a new respect for Fitzgerald as a writer and a… Continue reading Fitzgerald Resurrected

Oldsters, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

The great thing about life is you can change course when it feels necessary. Oh, maybe not the big things - like you hate where you live, but you don't have the money saved to move out West, but other things that you do have control over any given day. "I can accept failure. Everyone… Continue reading What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

Character Development, Oldsters, Scene Writing, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life, Uncategorized

The Waiting Game

It's been three weeks since I sent out my first five agent queries for Oldsters. After hitting send on those emails, I've put that process out of my mind for now. I left Eddie and his friends at the end of the story and hope that my first attempt at a query letter will garnish some kind… Continue reading The Waiting Game

Book Reviews & Discussions, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

Sleeping Among the Sea Grapes

In my move this week (amazing how less expensive it is to live riverside rather than beachside), I ran across a book that reminded me that being a writer is solely about having something to say - no matter what the subject, and no matter who you are. About a year ago, I was at… Continue reading Sleeping Among the Sea Grapes

Character Development, Oldsters, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

What I learned from Steinbeck

I always marvel at the speed with which writers seem to churn out books these days. Of course, most of these are self-published, so the only obstacles are those you put in front of yourself. But even some well-known authors in traditional publishing houses seem to write so - well so fast, and I wonder why… Continue reading What I learned from Steinbeck

Character Development, Self-Publishing

…the errors of our way

Every day, more writers are turning to the world of self-publishing. While I understand their tendency to take this route, the result - for me at least - is that the lack of proof reading and editing is having disastrous results in the literature we're reading. I own a Kindle, and I have the Prime… Continue reading …the errors of our way