Category Archives: writers

Quo Vadis?

Once again, family took my time and attention and I ran late for a review, until nearly 1 AM  yesterday morning my time when, just before bed, I checked in to see if the latest post by The Hound had gone … 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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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Twelve

I have four more cozy mysteries and a historical romance anthology to tell you about today. These bring my 2021 total to 49, which is one below my yearly goal of reading 50 books per year. That means I need … 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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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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An Absolute Favorite Book of Mine

When we discussed books that were introduced to because of our children and grandchildren, I had more than enough to mention, so I omitted one.Actually, I found it by myself because it had the seal of the Newberry Award on … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Diana Stout and Finding Your Fire & Keeping it Hot

I’ve mentioned how write-ins on Zoom helped me complete my latest novella. Dr. Diana Stout is a regular participant in them, because she’s always busy working on one project or another. She’s been a visitor here, sharing her romance series. … Continue reading

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Like a Kid Again

When I proposed this week’s topic “Tell us about books that you have introduced to by your children/grandchildren”, it was because we had already touched upon just about every angle related to books we loved as children, and I realized … 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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