Best Of The Blog

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  Well, I’ve been blogging for about 18 months now. I’ve had a blast, motivated & inspired myself (and hopefully others!), and met lots of new people (200,000 visitors and counting!). So here are some favorite posts based on you the reader (most views, most feedback, or most shared) or based on me (I just […]

My Favorite Writing Advice ~ Trust The Story

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Favorite writing advice: “Trust the story.” Who said it: Patricia Ann McNair, creative writing professor Why: The story knows what it wants to be. You just need to get out of the way ~ with your thoughts on what it should be or what you want it to be, trying to make it sound a certain […]

The Preeminent Emotional Reading Experience

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This lovely 5-star review of my novel, SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED, comes from Tom Clementson over at the Kindle Book Review. Tom’s an American military guy, currently stationed in Afghanistan. We met on Twitter (find Tom: @TCAbn) & I mentioned my book, that the story, among other things, dealt with a Korean War veteran. He […]

A Novel Excerpt: Small as a Mustard Seed

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November 1965 “I ain’t afraid this time.  I ain’t some kid don’t know shit from Shinola,” my father hollered as he stood in the driveway. In the curve of his chest, pressed tight against the denim of his overalls, he clutched a black revolver.  The other hand combed through the short dark hairs of his […]

Self-Doubt ~ Worst Enemy to Creativity

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Sylvia Plath: “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sometimes self-doubt comes in fast & hard: the first rejection, maybe, and you’re wondering if you should even try to be a […]

The Greatest Casualty is Being Forgotten

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I’ve spent the last decade of my life writing about war. The first novel is about the aftermath when a wounded solider comes home. The second is about a civilian trying to live through genocide. The one I’ve been working on for the past three years (fingers crossed, done soon) is about a soldier in […]

In Memory of My Dad . . .

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This picture is my favorite photograph of my dad.  In it are my son, Gabe, then about 9 months old, and my dad.  It’s important to me because my dad had gotten diagnosed with prostate cancer about a year before this was taken, and Gabe was his first grandchild.  My dad had been depressed about […]