Review: Fool Proof Dictation

On the heels of Chris Downing’s fantastic book the Fool Proof Outline comes his latest kick-butt book, Fool Proof Dictation. I’ve read other books about dictating with Dragon Naturally Speaking but Chris’s system takes it all to another level. It’s like reading something I would have written had I taken the time to do the […]

Ulysses S. Grant – A Badass to the Very End

General Ulysses S. Grant managed to put Robert E. Lee in such a tight spot it forced him to surrender, thus ending the Civil War. During the signing of the surrender treaty, Grant showed up at Wilmer McLean’s house in Appomattox Court House straight from the field. He was looking a little rough around the edges, […]

I Want To Be A Writer

“I want to be a writer. I want to write a book.” This is what I often hear from people when I tell them I’m working on a book and becoming an Authorpreneur. When they say it they have this dreamy far away look in their eyes. Imagining fame and fortune, going on TV shows […]

9-11 The 13th Anniversary

The images, sounds and experience still feel fresh, but not as raw as it once felt. I still get sad and angry when I think about it, but no longer filled with melancholy and rage. This year I have absolutely no interest in seeing the pictures and videos of the buildings burning, the plane hitting, […]

How to Write Fiction In Five: How Long Should A Book Be?

When writing your fictional stories, they will take shape in one of the following basic forms, each varying in length/word count: Novels Novellas Short Stories Flash Fiction The obvious difference, for the most part, is their word count/length. There are subsets of each of these, but these four are the main types. However, at a […]

How to Write Fiction In Five: What Is Fiction?

Fiction by definition is a lie – something made up, a fabricated story invented to entertain. Simply put, writing fiction is the skill of telling true lies. Fictional stories are born with the full intent to deceive the reader into suspending disbelief, but the cool thing is there’s a smattering of truth woven into the […]

D-Day + 70 Years

June 6th, 2014 During the 70th D-Day Commemoration, I looked upon these old men, these veterans of World War II. The camera shows their faces softened, rounded, and wrinkled by time. Their hair is white and sparse, and the head and hands of some shake subtly and uncontrollably. They wear medals earned in battle on their tired, […]

Our Time In The Sun

I was in the Nashua Town Hall on Main Street, waiting for my wife to complete some official business. I stared fascinated at a mural sized picture from the city’s past. The picture was taken from a high vantage point on a building that no longer exists, next the Main Street Bridge that spans the […]

Get Ready to Write A Novel

The Summer is over and Fall is here…You know what that means. Get ready to write a novel. The National Novel Writing Month is almost upon us again. Do you have any story ideas you’re developing for those 30 days of writing mania? Are you a Plotter or Pantser? I found out years ago I […]