Category Archives: non-fiction

Women Veterans

“What book changed how you see the world and why?” My first thought is: “What book hasn’t? I have had many arguments with non-fiction-only readers who say that novels, poetry, etc. are a waste of time and don’t enrich your … Continue reading

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Review: “What IF”

I was looking for something a little intelligent, but lighter than what I had been listening to, while working around the house, and Randall Monroe’s “What If” filled the bill.  Monroe is a trained physicist and a short-time former contract … Continue reading

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Something New

I have always had to learn something new. I’ve read all of my life, or insisted on being read-to, and learned all the time through that medium. When I was 4, we moved from an apartment building on one side … 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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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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Author! Author! Reader! Reader!

The Monday Fox asked:How many people read your books before you submit them?What kind of feedback do you ask for? My answer? Not enough of the right people get to see my books.I have had few friends and family interested … Continue reading

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Not Written in Stone

“Has anything about your writing routine changed since you first began?” Oh, gosh, yes. When I decided that I was going to seriously get into writing, it was mostly non-fiction. Just getting my thoughts, research, and facts in order was … Continue reading

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I Talk to the Trees

Or, rather, the Family Tree, since we were asked this week: “Is there a certain ancestor that you wish you could travel back in time to spend a year with? What do you hope to learn? Why that relative?”  Tough … 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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