Category Archives: Books

Tips for Writers: The Power of Ironic Reversals

Dramatic tension is the key to an engaging storyline—or even an essay or blog post, for that matter. This takes the form of rising action, a series of reversals (escalating problems or crises) that must be resolved. These keep us, … Continue reading

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Summer Treats on Wheels!

Summer Memories Along with camping and roller rinks, I associate summer with delivery trucks. Huh? Sure, delivery guys were there year-round; the proverbial off-color tease was to suggest a particular young and attractive mom’s kids looked “an awful lot like … Continue reading

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The Smell of Books

“I’ll buy a Kindle when they create a ‘book smell’ app.” I wrote that right before I caved in and bought a tablet computer. But the smell was never the point. It was the memories it evoked (although I do … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping and Etiquette

Originally posted on Pam Webb:
This month’s Why We Say is a batch fresh from the “E” section. Eavesdropper Going back to the Saxon days of England, a person could not build right to the property line since it was…

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Bear With Me!

To my old faithfuls, and hopefully a few new faithfuls, as well: I’m scrambling to finish the first draft of my novel Over-the-Rhine (based on the screenplay of my feature film of the same name). As a result, I’ll be slow … Continue reading

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Just Snap Out of It!

Originally posted on Valerie Cullers:
Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com Have you ever been in a situation with someone who was going through something temporary and you wanted to say to them, “Just Snap Out of It!”? I have and…

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Tips for Writers: Are You a Vulcan or a Klingon?

“Words, words, words.” ~Hamlet Whether you are a prosaic get-to-the-point communicator or a wild and wooly wordsmith, you’ll be a better writer if you tap both sides of your brain: The accurate, logical, pragmatic Latinate side, and the The intuitive, … Continue reading

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Regrets? I have a few. . .

Originally posted on A Year of Living Kindly:
 “To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.” (Liz Armbruster) In the spring of 1991, my mother decided it was time to die. Eight years of thrice-weekly kidney dialysis…

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You-nique

I’ve started work on my new novel, Gone Girl on the Train with the Dragon Tattoo. This is a very personal story for me, and I deeply resent any suggestion that it is derivative of other works. Next they’ll be … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map 135

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here. The Wishing Map Epilogue: The Unknown (Continued) Previously: Rested but wary of what was to come, Gina, Zack, and their friend B’frona turned to face the future. This is the final episode…

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