My Ten Favorite Movies

The Academy Awards take place Sunday night (yawn) so in dubious honor of that over-hyped, over-glammed, overly narcissistic event, I decided to list my ten favorite movies. Don’t give me any grief about my list because one, I’m not a Continue reading My Ten Favorite Movies

A Must Read for Writers and artists of all kinds

Another great post from Kristen Lamb:  http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/amazon-beware-of-greeks-bearing-gifts/#comment-23492  She makes the case that all artists need to prepare for the future of marketing our products through whatever conduit is available. Amazon seems to have it all right now, but their danger Continue reading A Must Read for Writers and artists of all kinds

Teachable Moments

Here I sit watching Super Bowl XLVI, sipping Taittinger NV Brut Champagne with my wife, on her birthday, mildly berating myself because I forgot to open a bottle of bubbly last Sunday, MY birthday. We’re savoring the aroma of a Continue reading Teachable Moments

The 21st Century Writer

Kristen Lamb has produced another excellent blog post explaining what it takes to be a successful writer in the 21st century. Hint: it ain’t only about writing beautiful words that millions will pay $19.95 a pop to read. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/training-to-be-a-career-author-writing-is-more-than-the-writing-2/ I Continue reading The 21st Century Writer

Results of last week’s experimental post

The results are in for my entirely non-scientific experiment with the hypothesis that using a provocative title containing popular or titillating search words such as sex, drugs, Obama, Kardashian, et al. will increase traffic at one’s blog. My conclusion: It Continue reading Results of last week’s experimental post

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, reality TV, Obama, Mitt, Kardashian, vampires, Harry Potter

This is an experimental post to figure out if blog titles and related tags really do increase readership of one’s blog. My blog gets 1-2 visits per day; a few more right after I post a new blog and mention Continue reading Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, reality TV, Obama, Mitt, Kardashian, vampires, Harry Potter

Christmas Morning

I’m from Minnesota, which means I’m used to seeing a white Christmas. Most Minnesotans expect a white Christmas every year. But this Christmas the predominant color will be brown. That will diminish somewhat, but not completely, the pleasure I derive from Continue reading Christmas Morning

Poverty–One Man’s Opinion

Selected definitions of poverty from various online dictionaries: 1)The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. 2)The state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of Continue reading Poverty–One Man’s Opinion

Impressions of “A Weekend with your Novel” workshop

I attended an excellent workshop at the University of Wisconsin last weekend with the aforementioned title. Designed to give you a jump-start on your work no matter what stage of creation you are at—just starting, ready to publish, or somewhere in Continue reading Impressions of “A Weekend with your Novel” workshop