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Healing: A Trip To The Adirondacks Is Good For The Soul!!

 The Adirondack Park in upstate New York I had a need to take trip to upstate New York this weekend. I flew into Syracuse and drove up to Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Park. My family has a small camp (called a cabin in the South) at Raquette Lake. We built it ourselves when I…

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Freedom … And Three Simple Steps to Something Free!

Freedom  And Sacrifice … And Thanks! Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway Freedom is a wonderful thing, but it is certainly not free. Memorial Day is not a day to honor Veterans who are still here although we certainly appreciate it. Instead, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who give the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of…

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Voices from the Second World War

Voices from the past for today’s children Voices from the past … from World War III … telling tales for today’s children. It looks like John Purvis over at John’s Notes came up with another little gem on his blog! I certainly would have enjoyed something like this when I was in school. I like…

snooker

Snooker Lessons, U.S. Navy SEAL Style!

A Lesson In Snooker … SEAL Style! JD, Jimmy Stiles, and two other new BUD/S graduates caught a cab to a local beer and snooker joint for some well-deserved R&R. After a few beers, the recounting of memorable moments in their training got a little loud. Their boisterous attitude rubbed a few local boys the…

writing style, shape the story, improve your blogging

Learning to Own Your Writing Style!

Learning to own your writing style takes some understanding … So, how do you learn to own your writing style? I recently was approached by a lady  in a local convenient store. She walked right up to me and said, “I want to tell you how much I really enjoyed reading your book, Serpents Underfoot.…

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Flash Fiction … What the heck is that?

Flash Fiction? Last weekend I had a great two-and-a-half hour Skype session with Cristian Mihai. We covered many topics including blogging, writing in general, fiction writing, and things I can do to improve my blog. Cristian provided me with several great ideas. One of them was to try my hand at flash fiction. I was…

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Warning: Doing This May Improve Your Blogging skills.

Improve Your Blogging skills How do you begin to improve your blogging skills? I began blogging some years ago, But to be truthful about it, I have only gotten serious about doing so over the last year.  This is probably because I recently I published my first novel, Serpents Underfoot.  As a self-published author, I…

Thank you recent Serpents Underfoot purchasers!

Thank you very much! Wowsers!!! Whoever the two people were who were bought the Kindle version of Serpents Underfoot over the last two days … Thank You! Seeing that was a great way to start off my morning.  It is one thing to write a book. Something else entirely to have people actually read it and…

Editing is Truly an Art Form, Part 1

I have a friend who recently published his first novel on Amazon.com. He had a really a great story. The editing was pretty bad. He needed an editor! Unfortunately however, his book did not sell very well. It also did not get many reviews. Writers certainly know that there are no guarantees when you publish a…