Lucky and Proud Today

I’ve been fortunate. Without any real help from the book industry -and little help from agents and institutionalized editors, I’m lucky to have a pretty darned faithful readership. A lot of people see you struggling, do what they can, and when a bit of good fortune comes your way they cheer with you. Recently, I…

Coming To Terms With Love Of Our World

  Ever heard of hyperreality? You can look it up, but in a few words it’s a confusion of the real with the technically-enhanced versions of reality. This is the burden of our modern world. As we withdraw deeper and deeper into AI (Artificial Intelligence) we become more fearful of what we perceive of as…

The Meaning of Meaning

I have a strange curiosity about geometry. I always have. Where this comes from is anyone’s guess, but it’s there, a part of me, and so I’ve made use of it. Part of my skill set in my former engineering career had to do with roadway geometry. I fell  into it easily, found it easy…

How to Build a Story

I found this recently on the Net and thought it might be helpful. After all, there are great storylines in the minds of all who might read this. OR maybe you’re writing a novel and are bogged down with where and how to create all the necessary elements. AS it reads near end of this…

Mean History

Hystopia, by David Means One way to cast a unique light on particular historical eras is to chronicle that era in alternate history. David Means does this with the era following John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the ensuing Vietnam War. In his hands, however, the actual political and social instability is managed by a federal…

Reading 2019

As we start the year, we all (probably) establish a budget for household expenses so we can save for those special things, like trips to the British Isles, a new car, unexpected medical bills. But do you plan ahead for what you want to read for the year? Of course, you can’t make infallible plans….

The Marketing Game – Part 2

Last time we asked (ourselves and you) the BIG QUESTION when it comes to book marketing, but first a caveat: To the true writer, writing itself is the reward, beyond publication and marketing. Still, one of perhaps only two primal reasons to write is to share your creativity, your story, your life experiences and insights….