Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

The Inadequate Index — Another Writing Time Bandit

A book writer may have thirty or forty books aiding ¬†his or her research and writing. I certainly do. Unless one has years before deadline, it is impossible for a writer to read each book cover to cover, for the … Continue reading

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Just Because I Like Bob Dylan

Good writing is captivating and compelling. It rolls off the tongue and imagination as easily as a marble rolling off a glass tabletop. Lewis Carroll had the gift. Dylan, too, in a ¬†different way. May all your writing roll. Tombstone … Continue reading

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The Problem With Model Releases

People add interest to otherwise dull photos. See below. These shots are from the Trinity Site on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. It was the location of the first atomic bomb explosion and … Continue reading

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Twitter and Instagram Tips for Newbies; Hashtags Explained

As I learn about social media to help publicize my book, my brother (external link) sends this in about Twitter and Instagram: Twitter and Instagram Tom, hashtags are used to classify content on Instagram and Twitter for search purposes and … Continue reading

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I am Tiring of These Constructions

I am tiring of some constructions. My complaint is they contain the word “not” or “no,” those words inherently negative. Is there a way to recast these sentences positively? Original: Not only is the bread exceptional, the butter is as … Continue reading

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Turning the Organizational Corner: Inside Baseball

With nine months to deadline I have turned the corner on writing my book and I can clearly see how it will finish. And that it will finish. There’s an American saying: inside baseball. It means discussing obscure details that … Continue reading

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Musings From A Coffee Shop at One in The Morning

Just had an extremely upsetting nightmare. And my insomnia continues. I’ve retreated to Mad House Coffee here in Las Vegas, a 24 hour refuge for students, night owls, and those winding down from a night on the town. The shop … Continue reading

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