Category : Commentary

Written on Nov, 26, 2014 by in | 4 Comments.

Readers, what do authors want from you? Ha, that’s an open-ended question isn’t it? I bet you answered “to buy all your books.” Yes, that’s true. Most of us desire to make a living from our writing, not so much to be stinking rich but enough that we can make writing our full-time career. That’s a win for readers too, since we …

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Written on Aug, 10, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.

Charities are a very personal thing. Each of us chooses to donate for a variety of reasons. Often we assist an organization that affects us or our families, typically someone close that suffers from an ailment or perhaps died from it. Many people gravitate to such medical charities, or perhaps to humanitarian efforts around the globe, such as Red Cross …

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Written on Feb, 23, 2014 by in | 5 Comments.

As a writer, I’m fairly forgiving of books that I read; fully appreciative of the long hours, sweat, anguish, mood swings and sheer number of hours required to write a book. I hope that few readers take books for granted. Writing is hard work and takes a lot of time. Knowing this, if I spot flaws in a book, I …

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Written on Dec, 28, 2013 by in | 3 Comments.

I trust everyone had a super Holiday time, and we still have New Years to come? I’ve been sick since Christmas Eve and have achieved very little except wallow in self-pity. Tamara says that men make the worst patients. I won’t disagree. It has given me plenty of time to catch up on TV (including my yearly ritual of watching …

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Written on Oct, 23, 2013 by in , , | 16 Comments.

Let’s talk about book reviews. Do you review books? Many people don’t. Some folks have grown up in a culture where professional critics review books or movies, usually in newspapers and magazines. It’s easy to forget that social media gives us all the power to influence others by writing a review. Other people just don’t feel comfortable writing a review …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2013 by in | 3 Comments.

If you didn’t know, I’m a dilettante student of urban planning and transportation efficiency. Forgive me, but sometimes I like to rant about gross inefficiencies I see in the urban transport sphere. This is one such post. 🙂 I’m sorry Americans (especially Californians), but there is a reason many interstates are either at a standstill, or have 6 lanes in …

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Written on Apr, 29, 2013 by in , | 4 Comments.

There has been considerable press for years about what effect self-publishing and ebooks are having on our literary culture, be it bookstores and libraries or even literary masterpieces themselves. I’m sure you’ve all heard the rhetoric that allowing “normal” folk to publish whatever they want with no agent or publisher to act as a gatekeeper for quality, will result in …

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Written on Mar, 17, 2013 by in | 2 Comments.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody! We just got back from a visit to our local winery, Orfila. OK, not the typical beer-swilling venue you’d expect for today, but after wine tasting we had a great picnic with bread and cheese, and yes, I had a great Irish Stout to wash it all down. I didn’t have anything Irish to write …

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Written on Mar, 02, 2013 by in , | 4 Comments.

I know it’s not Thanksgiving, but today I want to give thanks for some things. I have two lists: General My darling wife: She is a wonderful friend, mate and companion in life. We don’t have everything in common (and nor should we) but we share the same opinions on the things that matter most to us, like family, house, …

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Written on Dec, 01, 2012 by in | 2 Comments.

Stress. Uncertainty. I lay awake until 3am last night, my brain refusing to shut down. It had a lot to think about: Project at work not going according to plan, with a deadline looming My mother’s health A possible relocation to another State and selling the house How to get 6 cats across country How to get my book in …

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