Minor Trips

Having lived in Atlanta for a lot of years, I grew away from major league baseball as going to the ballpark became more of a spectacle than a sport. So imagine my glee at moving to SmallTown USA and discovering minor league baseball, where you can still jaw at the players, coaches, and umpires, eat […]

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The Associated Press: Apple pledge likely to boost China factory wages

This is actually good news. I'd hate to see the Chinese version of factory-style capitalism go the route of nineteenth-century England and U.S. versions. Of course, the most immediate concern of us selfish western consumers is whether or not the price of Apple's gadgets will rise with the rising wages in Chinese tech factories. Personally, […]

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Microscopic Vision

Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories, by Edith Pearlman   image via fictionwritersreview.com I get where Pearlman gets the name from this collection, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The short story as an art form is more wide open than most readers – and writers ­– realize. Short fiction can depict characters […]

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Kirkus Likes!

I'd been waiting somewhat anxiously for the Kirkus Review of recently published novel, A Reason To Tremble. They liked it and I'm really excited! The review follows:     After the small town of Hope, Ga., is rocked by the hit-and-run death of a 10-year-old girl, two brothers set out to find her murderer in […]

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And So To Begin…

I'm wondering…. image via depositphotos.com   You writers out there, how do you go about structuring your stories? Do you have a plan, or do you just wing it? And do you plot it out? Do you have your characters dance on plot's puppet strings? All these are valid ways to write, some maybe more […]

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The World As We Know It

Harper's Magazine, April 2012   Why does a magazine that many think leans toward the upper crust establishment take on the manner in which the ultra rich and the corporate world are eroding U.S. style democracy? Surely because those parasitic tendencies will eventually turn cannibalistic, i.e., the rich will, unless checked, come to feed on […]

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Transforming Characters

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach  image via gq.com   This is an odd but compelling book. It covers so many bases (in the literary sense) that it’s hard to know where to start. So to the story. Mike Schwartz, a salt of the earth member of Westish college’s football and baseball teams, sees […]

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