Jack

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Date registered: April 23, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Corpse In Canyon — January 16, 2017
  2. Do As I Say, Not As I Do — September 17, 2016
  3. It’s All In The Casting — September 16, 2016
  4. How Much Description Is Enough? — March 28, 2016
  5. Shorter Is Better (“That’s what she said.”) — November 26, 2015

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Oct 26

My New Mystery Is Now Available

Murder In Muleshoe copy

My new e-book mystery, MURDER IN MULESHOE, is available Amazon for Kindle and through Smashwords.com for epub and other e-book formats.  $2.99.  Enjoy!!

Oct 25

Write What You Love

In 1987 Marsha Sinetar wrote a book about helping people find their career called Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow. That’s the bottom line for you as a writer. I’m not one of those who believes you have to suffer for your art. I think you ought to love it. If you’re going …

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Oct 18

Even When You’re Not Writing

There’s a magazine cartoon from either “The Writer” or “The Writer’s Digest” from years ago I remember. It showed a writer standing at a double window looking out on a fall day in his tweed jacket and a pipe in his mouth, talking to his wife dressed in an apron and holding a feather duster …

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Oct 01

The Reluctant President

Reluctant President copy

  What if in the dark, small hours of a morning you discovered Secret Service agents at your front door telling you that you were now the President of the United States?  That’s the way it happened to Porter Randall, a Texas Panhandle surgeon turned novelist who had been persuaded by friends to run for Congress …

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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

CLEANING HOUSE (DISK DRIVE)

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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Jun 11

KEEPING TRACK OF CHARACTERS

In another post I mentioned the idea of using the alphabet to keep from having too many characters whose names that not only begin with the same letter, but are even similar in the number of letters. Imagine having a story with characters named Betsy, Betty, Bessie, and Bossy. In screenwriting where the character’s name …

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