Category Archives: Random thoughts

Looking in the Mirror

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What four words best describe you?” I took some time to mull this over. Ten months ago, I might have chosen different words. These days, I’m learning to stay at home more and making do with … Continue reading

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Who’s My Relief Pitcher?

Our resident hound blessed us with a lot of things to think about. Here’s what he wants us to ponder this week: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what … Continue reading

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Guest Tim Germain and “The Customs of Christmas”

Today, I bring you something interesting for the the beginning of the holiday season, as many people are starting their Christmas celebrations early this year. I also believe that with so many writers reading this blog, and Christmas being a … Continue reading

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It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

“What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before?”  I’d like to be able to write a REAL mystery, an all-out head-scratcher from start to finish. A gritty, serious, police or even a spy novel. … 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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A Book I’ve Always Wanted to Read

But something got in the way By Jeff Salter This week’s topic has triggered various types of responses, some of which focused on books we believe we were “expected” to read or “pressured” to read… but (for whatever reason have … Continue reading

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POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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Subleties

I have always been aware of how a simple gift can lift a spirit, how a kind remark or compliment can make a day, or even be remembered for years by the recipient. I also know that a mean action … Continue reading

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Guest: Donna Feyen, “More Than a Review”

We write here at 4F, 1 H. We have in guest authors talking about writing their books, so after some years, I thought I would turn the tables and bring in someone who reviews books all the time. Please welcome … Continue reading

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Look Mom, I’m an Author!

This week, one of our foxes asked, “When did you first think of yourself as an author?” I suppose the answer depends on one’s definition of author. Is it simply someone who writes? Or is that title limited to those … Continue reading

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