My Thanksgiving started early, at 6:20 in the morning, my wife advising me that she needed to go to the hospital. I watched the parade in its entirety on a TV in the ER, and the dog show as well, while they ran tests. I checked my watch, counting the hours until our guests were… Continue reading A Thanksgiving Recap
This week, I've been re-reading It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Murder. Actually, I've been proofreading a new paperback edition coming soon from Crossroad Press. Thursday morning, Tommy awoke alone, in his studio apartment and listened to his telephone ring. He was dreaming that the phone was ringing and then gradually he realized that… Continue reading Turkey and gravy soda
We're expecting 17 guests on Thanksgiving. This year, I'll be shopping in the freezer aisle.
It was a chilly day, dry but overcast, puddles all that remained of last night's storm. We decided to go for a walk on the towpath, the lake to our right, the canal on our left, great blue herons in the trees overhead. We made our way north, toward Princeton when, off to our left,… Continue reading Writing to the cliffhanger
Sometimes I worry that writers are becoming obsolete, that we are, at best, quaint relics from a simpler time, but then something happens and I am reminded that writers continue to serve an important role in modern society. Tonight was such a night. I was walking in Manhattan when I was stopped at the corner… Continue reading It was a good night to be a writer in New York City
I didn't plan to post another tip to boost your word count quite so quickly, but some of you are still struggling to find your rhythm. So if you liked yesterday's tip (dorky day) you'll love today's suggestion. Repeat a chapter. That's right. An entire chapter. Did you ever stop and think about the lyrics of popular music? … Continue reading Does your book need a chorus?
Some of you are writing 50,000 words this month. That's approximately 1667 words every day. Some days that's easy enough. Other days, it's nearly impossible. So from time to time this month, I may post a tip to help you reach your daily goal. Today's tip... repeat a word. Not just one time. One time… Continue reading Dorky Day