Category Archives: food

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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One Fox, One Hound

No, not THIS Hound…another one, my son’s dog. She’s a mixed breed, but she looks like a Kooikerhondje. No, I swear that’s the name. But let’s just use the easier term “Dutch Spaniel”. It’s been a while since our last … Continue reading

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Culture Shock in America I posed this question: Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as an older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed? I haven’t been to anyplace that … Continue reading

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Unskilled Labor of Love

The actual question of the week was one that I posed: “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to … Continue reading

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Dollars to Donuts

Jeff-The-Hound brought up: “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it been serious … Continue reading

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Bio Blurb

This week we were asked: “You’re the headline speaker at a writers’ conference, and you need to submit a short bio for the program. What will you include?” I will never forget the first time that I had to submit … Continue reading

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English: British to American

Last week while we were discussing the possibility of our works being translated into other languages, I said that  I would like to bring up translating English to English, that is to say, “British” to “American”. I have read books … Continue reading

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Breakfast Paid

And I never figured out WHO paid it By Jeff Salter Interesting experience one morning (exactly three years ago) as I went out for breakfast (after my haircut). The place was more crowded than I’d ever seen it — every … Continue reading

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Oh, Brother! Try This On For Size.

Question of the week, in this time of COVID: Once it’s safe to do so, what’s the first thing you want to do that you haven’t been able to do in the last 10-12 months? This is too easy: I … Continue reading

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