Monthly Archives: May 2011

Reaching for the Holy Grail

Remember the scene in Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade where Indy is at the edge of the cliff and there is an abyss between him and where he needs to be? He keeps repeating to himself “Only the penitent man shall … Continue reading

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Under the skin

Revealing. Vulnerable. Transparent. So, just how much of ourselves do we reveal when writing? Some say writing a memoir can put you out there as far as one can go but I’ve also seen (and written) fiction that is incredible … Continue reading

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Perseverence or Fool’s Dream. . .?

Most everyone has heard by now JK Rowling’s story of being on welfare and having her little story about wizards rejected many times until a small publisher picked her up…and then her books ended up supporting them! Dune was apparently rejected 17 times … Continue reading

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Robert McCammon on Writing

As some of you know, one of my favorite books of all time is Robert McCammon’s Boy’s Life. Aside from To Kill A Mockingbird, I think it captures childhood and the magical, frightening, and wondrous conduit to adulthood as well … Continue reading

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Feeling Peevish

I have a pet peeve. Okay, I have more than one, but I just want to talk about one in particular: Not responding to e-mail. Actually it’s not responding to communication in general, but e-mail seems to get an easy pass. … Continue reading

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Finding Dad

I had the great and good fortune to discover and befriend members of my father’s B-17 crew from WWII. One gentleman in particular, Eddie Linnum, and I became close. Through him I received a remarkable gift; that of learning about my … Continue reading

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Influences

It’s hard to talk about writing without talking about those works that have influenced you. For me the pinnacle will always be To Kill A Mockingbird. I had the good fortune to read this in high school , instructed by … Continue reading

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