Category Archives: decisions

The Perfect Location

Our resident hound asked, “If you could live anywhere in the world with no expenses to consider, where would you live? Why?” I decided to tackle the WHY first. I need to know what type of place I’m looking for. … Continue reading

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Creative Control

“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?” That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be. Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I … Continue reading

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Mistitled

New Years Eve and I wish all of you a safe and happy 2022. Take care of yourself and those around you. It’s a Free Week and I was pressed for a topic. I have not finished a book recently,(save … Continue reading

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Getting a Foot in the Door

  Our Wednesday Fox asked, “Tell us about the publication of your first book.” In the spring of 2012, I was working on a historical novel set in 1870, about a former samurai who needed to find a new direction. … Continue reading

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Which Witcher?

If you tried to watch the series “The Witcher” last year and found it too graphic, I won’t blame you if you ran away. The only reason why I watched it at all was by recommendation from a YouTuber that … Continue reading

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Writing May Not Be Written Down

This Week: Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.” Short answer? No. I know that everyone who has been here for any time knows that I wrote … Continue reading

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Like? Not Likely

THIS WEEK: If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? I haven’t had a prospective publisher ask me that yet, but when I was hoping to … Continue reading

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Anybody Home?

Here I am, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S.A., and without one idea for a post. I was caught off-guard all week for various reasons. Firstly, Son #1 and The Granddaughters (teens) all coming, Secondly, Son and Granddaughter #2 coming, … Continue reading

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‘Patiently’ Reading

When trying to come up with ideas for topics, this one popped into my mind:What would you read to an adult friend who was ill? I don’t believe any one book or story popped into my mind at the time. … Continue reading

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Well, Hello Dahl

A quick review this week for two books, but one story, and only about the first quarter of the whole story. I’m talking about a life, the life of Roald Dahl. I still don’t know everything about the man,  but … Continue reading

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