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Fire in the Belly-What it takes to write and publish a book

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When I decided to write my book, many years ago, I was committed. I had what I called “Fire in the Belly.” That is what it took for me to stay with it. I had passion and conviction that the story was important. It was history that had never been public. I needed to set the record straight, and I believed in myself that I was … Read the rest

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Well-researched and brilliantly written, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford by Geri Spieler explores the life of one of the two women who attempted to assassinate the president. … Read the rest

The Pain of Self Promotion

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I’m part of a large club of writers who hates to market ourselves. We can go into the whole “introvert” thing, blah, blah, blah.

But, it’s true. Just leave me alone with my computer and let me do my job. I’m good at it and love what I do, which is write. And write. And research and write some more.

However, I’ve learned that unless someone … Read the rest

Part I- GI Joes and Janes Come Home: How the Bay Area Supports the Troops

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Specialist Terry K. scoots around a throng of patients, visitors, and staff in the wide hallways of the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, California, about thirty miles south of San Francisco. She trades quips with patients as she maneuvers expertly among the wheelchairs and gurneys on her way to her job in the rehabilitation unit. Slim and healthy, shoulder-length blonde hair shining, she is vibrant … Read the rest

Internet Deep Dive: How to Use Deep Web Search Engines and Databases

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I’ve been hearing a lot these days from friends who are finding it more difficult to find pertinent information from their Google searches? There are many reasons for this, one is the way the search is written. I’m a big advocate of Search Strings, and have a comprehensive list in my full Internet Research workshop. There is a lot more information in the Deep Web … Read the rest

Here is a question: What made San Francisco San Franciso? Why do we get along so well?

One major key to the ethos of San Francisco is the city’s explosive and unbalanced growth from 800 to 25,000 people in one year. Twenty-five thousand were men; miners under the age of 40 and 2,000 were prostitutes. San Francisco Tim’s History and Tour Maps

The adventurers who came to mine for gold survived formidable hardships, whether they traveled overland or around Cape Horn. They were self-sufficient and independent minded … Read the rest

What We Need Today are San Francisco Values

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“I didn’t know there was any help out there. … I’d probably be dead if I’d stayed in Stockton.” — Terry, an Army vet suffering from PTSD who found the help she needed to recover in the San Francisco Bay Area

One day if I do go to heaven, I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.
— Pulitzer Prize winner
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How to Conduct Credible Secondary Research

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In case a definition is required, there is a difference between “primary” research and “secondary” research. In fact, the difference is critical when it comes to conducting research and using it as source material.

Primary research is new research. It involves conducting interviews, conducting surveys or first-hand observation. An easy example could be a newspaper article about an event when the subjects are interviewed for information … Read the rest

“Stop saying that!!!” Annoying Phrases that Sound Lame and Unoriginal

OK, maybe it’s just me, but there are some phrases being used a lot with little imagination that irritate me. Why don’t people think about what they are saying than using the same old jargon that doesn’t mean anything?

At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, what irritates me about jargon is that, as a writer, I’m burdened with always finding fresh, new ways of describing something. To fall … Read the rest

The “Nose Job” Takes a Giant Leap in New Technology

More people want to change the shape of their nose today than any time in the past 10 years. The build-up of the demand encourages new developments in technology which has never been as remarkable as to-day.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says that new technologies have had a significant impact on the industry, with nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, with 223,018 procedures performed in 2016 according to ASPS. … Read the rest