But Did He Really Mean It?

It is widely held in legal lore that it was common practice right up until the 19th century for lawyers, when drafting pleadings or other legal documents like wills, to be paid by the word. This perverse incentive led, surprising no one, to Very Long Documents Indeed....

Zen and the Art of Water Watching

(Another Grand Writerly Week at chez moi! We found out Wednesday that my first novel, None of Us the Same, is one of ten semifinalists for the Goethe Award for Historical Fiction, given out by Chanticleer International Book Awards. And since the award is dedicated to...

Candy Is Dandy

With Thanksgiving behind us—and having survived the Hunger Games of Black Friday—it is officially The Christmas Season. Really. Although you may be forgiven for imagining that the season began after Halloween, what with all the Big Boxes clearing out their “Seasonal”...

Flyover Country?

[So this happened last week. My second novel, Truly Are the Free, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. This is kind of a big deal because the Writer’s Digest awards are Very Top Shelf. My novel was...

Voices from the First World War: Ned Tobin

Today, 100 years have passed since the guns fell silent in France, marking the end of the First World War. The Great War. The War to End All Wars. Since I’ve been writing historical fiction set in that era, I’ve commemorated this tragic and momentous period by...

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