Category Archives: Books

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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