Category Archives: author’s life

Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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Makin’ Music With My Friends

Happy New Year! The past ten months have presented many challenges for most of us. I’m fortunate in that I’m able to connect with my loved ones electronically, and it’s enough for me. Although my routine has changed sharply and … Continue reading

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Planning My Work

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Our resident hound asked, “Typically, how many drafts do you complete — of a novel or novella — before you submit it to a publisher / editor … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Jennifer Girardin

I met today’s guest online and was captivated by her varied and beautiful posts. Jennifer Girardin is the author of the Moriston House British Mystery Series, and many of her posts reflect that life. Welcome, Jennifer! Your posts are often … Continue reading

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Gettin’ It Down

This week The Hound asked: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the … Continue reading

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“No, But I’m a READER”

I was in a meeting in an office and the subject of names came up. I needed my legal name and all of the names that had been used by me. It is odd with me, because I have a … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Stuart Jaffe (Free Books!)

  Stuart is the author of many short stories and paranormal series. These include The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, its prequel, the Marshall Drummond Case Files, The Malja Chronicles, the Nathan K books, the Gillian Boone series, The Parallel Society, … Continue reading

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Searching for the Real Me

This week’s topic was one I proposed: If someone were to look at your internet search history, what conclusions might that person draw about you? I viewed my browsing history recently, and it looks like most of my online time … Continue reading

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Did You Fall Down the Stairs?

What was that noise? And why won’t you answer? By Jeff Salter [Note: One of many “frights” I’ve experienced in my eventful life. I posted this on Facebook in 2017, when it originally occurred. But, believe it or not — … Continue reading

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Note on Notes

“NOTES, do you make them? Have you tried taping and transcribing them? What works for you?” When I put this topic on the schedule, I was actually asking about notes for writing, but I did not make myself clear.   It … Continue reading

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