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My Amazing Weekend Plans!

Memorial Day weekend is creeping on us again … much to my surprise. In any case, my weekend plans are amazing. I’ll be … yeah, you guessed it. Writing stuff! So, anyhow, please excuse the threadbare nature of this post. In fact, I may end up taking...

Happy Towel Day!

Once again it’s May 25, which means it’s time to celebrate the life and work of the late, great Douglas Adams! In short, it’s Towel Day! Here’s the official Towel Day site! So … grab your towel, and get ready for my own contribution to...

Top Ten Inspiring Crime Fiction Authors

If you’re interested in knowing more about the authors (past and present) who have most influenced my crime fiction writing, here’s a list of some of my favorites. In no particular order, of course. 1) Sara Paretsky: the amazing author who brought us VI...

Thank God It’s Friday

Well, once again it’s Friday – thank God! So in the interest of keeping this short and sweet, here’s a song that pretty much sums up the way I feel! :) Having said sung blogged that, I’ll only add here that I’m hard at work getting all the working parts together to...

Crowdfunding Crime Fiction: A Case Study

My attempts to spread the word about the crime fiction authors being interviewed on The Crime Cafe podcast, which you can watch or listen to here, are (hopefully) going to be enhanced by the new crowdfunding campaign I’m organizing. The results of these efforts...

My Lame Attempt at Using Creative Writing Prompts

I’ve never been one to rely on creative writing prompts, but last night I thought of something different. We had Chinese food for dinner and with the food came a fortune cookie. So I thought I would take a crack at writing something prompted by the fortune in...

Advice to Myself as Novelist and Screenplay Writer

Being both a screenplay writer and novelist, it’s tough to know which direction to take my writing at any given time. At this point, now that I’ve revised my screenplay about a million so many times, and now that I’m on the brink of publishing another...

Latest News About the Awesome Things to Come

Given that it’s Wednesday, when I usually post my vlog, I figured I’d also take the opportunity to let you know the latest news about what I’m up to these days, book-wise and otherwise. So … here’s the deal. I’m going to be kind of...

Great Crime Fiction Through Crowdfunding

So the first thing I should mention is that I’m starting a crime fiction crowdfunding campaign. This is to raise the relatively minor, but not insignificant, costs of editing, formatting, and creating covers for two e-publications: the Crime Cafe boxed set (of...

A Few Words From My Protagonist(s)

Now, as you may or may not know, I just finished revising a thriller to which I need to make a few more tiny changes before I send it on to the editor. I was inspired to write this thriller, based on a book I read many years ago called Faster than the Speed of Light,...

May the Fourth be With You on Star Wars Day

As you may know, today is Star Wars Day! Those of us who enjoy the “Star Wars” movies celebrate the occasion with the phrase: May the Fourth be with you! Get it? Because it’s Star Wars Day, my vlog for the day is about why it’s cool to be old...

Authors Rock the Books Alive Conference

This weekend, I had the most awesome time at the Books Alive writers’ conference. It reminded me once again why I want to be a writer. I arrived at the Bethesda Marriott in plenty of time to catch the panel on self-publishing and ebooks. Among the panelists were one...

Awesome Raymond Chandler Quotations

Here are some of my favorite passages written by the awesome Raymond Chandler! I am (and will always be) a great, big fan of the hardboiled mystery genre. On that note, here we go! :) “From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she...

I Celebrated World IP Day

Last week (Wait! Two weeks ago … How time flies when you’re having fun!), I did a vlog about the importance of intellectual property (or IP) rights. However, there were a few things I failed to mention. So, since yesterday was World IP Day, I made a video about...

I Keep Trying to Make a Living as a Writer

This weekend saw so many amazing things happening to me. As one who is trying to make a living as a writer, you realize I don’t actually spend my weekends doing nothing. I’m always reading or writing something. Or trying to organize my messy office. Not...

The Awesome Thing About Being a Fiction Writer

One of the things I like most about being a fiction writer is the research I get to do. The old saw about writing what you know isn’t the best advice really. If that were the case, I’d have to know a hell of a lot more than I do. As a fiction writer,...

Should You Publish Through KDP Select?

I have all sorts of mixed feelings about making my work available on KDP Select. On the one hand, so many readers shop at Amazon, a company that’s become so HUGE, it’s about way more than books now. So, why wouldn’t I want to go with KDP Select?...

The Weekend Documentary Film Project

Tomorrow, I plan to do the most idiotic bizarre fun-filled and amazing thing I’ve ever tried. I’ll be on a team of documentary makers, working on a time-limited documentary film project. I even tested out my awesome camera today. Even managed to focus the picture!...

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