Don’t Stop Writing Your Book

Lately I’ve seen several posts and questions from people who are writing their first book, but getting comments from people telling them they will never get published or, if they self-publish their books will never get found for read. They will tell you their story about failure, and if they failed, you will too.

Rubbish.

I want to scream. Don’t to pay attention to those nattering nabobs of negativism.

Keep … Read the rest

New Year’s Thoughts, Not Resolutions

As long as I can remember, the phrase New Year’s Resolutions inspired guilt in me. I realize I had no obligation to answer this question or to make a “resolution” to do something different or fulfill a goal I let slide the year before.

However, I do appreciate the concept of setting goals and fulfilment of such. And, I’m not saying I’ve always met my own expectations. Far from it. … Read the rest

What’s the Difference Writing Hard News, Feature and Investigative Journalism?

What’s the Difference Writing Hard News, Feature and Investigative Journalism?

I’ve been a writer and journalist various formats most of my professional career. I’ve been a reporter of hardnews, features and investigative pieces. It’s been an interesting ride and if you asked me which format I like more, I’d say all of them. They are just different.

I also realize most folks I talk to are not familiar with … Read the rest

Lesson in Research Redux

I had reason to go to our storage facility and bring home the boxes of files I accumulated researching my book as well as writing it.

To use a cliché, it truly was a “Blast from the Past.” The book was published in 2009, and I have not looked at these files since. I know I’m an intense researcher and I know I spent a lot of time… and money… … Read the rest

My Research Methodology Won Me A Screenplay-Why reliable research facts make a difference

Here is the good news: My research methodology has offered me some great results. So, at the risk of gloating, I’m going to share my process to support my great luck.

1. My book, Taking Aim at the President, has been optioned for a movie on the big screen by two award-winning screenwriters, Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen. Their first major motion picture, Chappaquiddick, won praise from the … Read the rest

How Canning Fruit Supports My Writing

We’ve all learned how certain practices support others. Such a taking a walk can help us work out a problem or vacuuming the carpet encourages the resolution for a dilemma.

For me, it is the hard labor of picking fruit and canning that helps to sort out my mental challenges. However, it is more physically demanding than I’d like, but, I planted the fruit trees, so I have no excuse … Read the rest

Why I “Shut Up and Write”

I’m sitting with a group of strangers in a local church that has offered this Shut Up and Write Meet Up space to write.

We are all here to work on whatever it is we are writing. Some are writing novels, short stories, blogs, school papers and lots of stuff I don’t know about. And, of course, it doesn’t matter because the beauty of this type of group is that … Read the rest

Me and My Bees: Creating a Bee Friendly Home

I’ve actively been trying to replenish the bee population, one flower at a time. I take the problem with our disappearing bee population and all pollinators personally. If I don’t’ do something to help, the colony collapse will be my fault.
Now, I have to admit that my efforts are also selfish as I have fruit trees that rely on pollinators to set fruit. Without the pollinators, my trees will … Read the rest

Behavioral Economics and Decision Paralysis: The Problem of Choice Overload

How many times a day do you make a decision? Most likely you have never thought about it until you are faced with a major decision and no one answer was the right one. It may end up to be the one you finally make and even then, you walk away wondering if it was the correct decision.

In some cases, this is called “Choice Overload,” and “Analysis Paralysis.” In … Read the rest

A Writer Looks at Blockchain

If you are at all paying attention, there has been a lot of chatter about something called Blockchain along with its cryptocurrency cousin, Bitcoin. So, what does it all mean and why do I care as a writer?
Here is why, but let’s get the basics down first.

What is Blockchain?- I’ll try not to get too techy here: The blockchain is what it sounds like in that there … Read the rest