Getting to 50,000 Words – Outlining

I always thought of myself as a “start with a blank page and see what happens” kind of writer. Y’know follow the stream of consciousness and see what the muse tells me. It didn’t work out too well for me. I read mostly horror, action/adventure and suspense/thriller’s. For the first three years I tried to […]

Steinbeck 50 Years Ago

50 years ago this coming fall, John Steinbeck embarked on a road trip with his French poodle Charley, on a tour to “find America” in 1960. Steinbeck traveled the U.S. in a specially built pickup truck with a camper attachment in the bed of the truck. He dubbed it “Rocinante” – after the hapless Don […]

J.D. Salinger has Died at 91

We lost Robert Parker last week and now this week we lose the famous J.D. Salinger. To be honest, I had not known he was still alive. I read that he lived in Cornish, New Hampshire but thought he had passed away a while ago. Late last year, I picked up Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ […]

Robert B. Parker has Died at 77

He died suddenly today. He was 77. http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/mystery_novelis.html I used to walk past his beautiful and unique home almost every day when I worked in Cambridge. I was lucky enough to meet him once several years ago. It was a beautiful early summer day. He was walking towards me on Ash St., with a small […]

I Shrugged

Over the last year of the Bush administration and this first one of the Obama administration, I kept having the nagging feeling that I had read about what is currently happening – once before. I remember reading something where the U.S. government asserts control over major industries and corporations for the “good of the people”. […]

The Meaning of Christmas

Well, here’s another Christmas Season and some folks are all up in arms about whether or not to allow the term “Merry Christmas” to be displayed in public places and in stores. As you guys know, I had absolutely no religious upbringing – so follow no faith whatsoever. With that said, here’s what “Merry Christmas” […]

The Truth on How to Write a Book

This is article is on best selling author Scott Berkum’s blog . In short it’s excellent: Every author I know gets asked the same question: How do you write a book?… Here’s the short honest truth: 20% of the people who ask me are hoping to hear this – Anyone can write a book. They […]