Monthly Archive: September 2015

Sep 30

The Reluctant Incumbent

Part two of my Reluctant President series, The Reluctant Incumbent, is now finished and up on Amazon.  It is a sequel and picks up right where the first story left off — and it’s political fiction.  It was fun to write and I hope as fun to read as the first one.

Sep 30

Character Appearance Thumbnail

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One common thing all fiction writers have to do is to give a thumbnail sketch of new characters. The physical appearance of characters consists of the same things — face features, body type, hair and perhaps a memorable trait.   What I’ve been doing for the last couple of years is using an Excel spreadsheet …

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Sep 29

So Much Crap

I just finished cleaning out 67,500+ comments on this blog. That has to be the hardest part of running a blog. Who knew? If anyone knows how to eliminate the crap, please let me know. I don’t need or use Viagra; I’m not selling footwear or insurance? So why do these people send in this …

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Sep 28

Rethinking SCRIVENER

I’ve been working on my latest novel, a mystery, MURDER IN MULESHOE, and almost 30 chapters in I began struggling with it in MS Word. I’d bought SCRIVENER for both the I-mac, my main computer, and for my old luggable PC which I use when I’m away. But — there is a steep — although …

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Sep 05


When was the last time you scrolled through your files looking for something, only to have your eye caught by some file you know didn’t belong where it was? But, like most of us, when you’re on an errand looking for something else or in the middle of writing and need a particular file, you …

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