Would “The Hunt for Red October” be a bestseller today?

One of my projects as a writer learning all he can about the thriller/suspense genre is to read the early novels–first novels in particular, if I can find them–of today’s recognized best-selling authors. The authors I’ve read/am reading so far include Continue reading Would “The Hunt for Red October” be a bestseller today?

What does a county fair wine judging competition have to do with writing?

I had the pleasure of participating in my first official wine judging competition (my local county fair–one of the best in the nation and the biggest county fair in the great state of Minnesota!) where prizes (ribbons) were awarded. It Continue reading What does a county fair wine judging competition have to do with writing?

Health care analogy with Cheesecake Factory

Warning: mild political commentary disguised as someone else’s opinion … with which I agree wholeheartedly. What the heck does Louis Armstrong have to do with the Cheesecake Factory and Obamacare? I’m not sure. I think nothing, but the video is Continue reading Health care analogy with Cheesecake Factory

Yes, but there exists a Third Side

Warning: Political commentary in the form of a link and a short personal opinion. The Wrong Side Absolutely Must Not Win The Third Side is the Libertarian Party along with the inspired statesmanship of Congressman Ron Paul. Check them out if Continue reading Yes, but there exists a Third Side

Take a Break and be Inspired by an Eva Cassidy Classic

One of her best, in my estimation. I just discovered this video by accident while web surfing. The cool thing about seeing her live is many of her facial expressions during certain moments of the song are just as I Continue reading Take a Break and be Inspired by an Eva Cassidy Classic

Trying to wrap my mind around the Aurora Shootings

Warning: Longish post and unique political viewpoint about to be shared. Another week; another mass killing. Twelve killed, fifty-eight wounded in Aurora, Colorado. It’s getting to be a regular feature of the mass media’s daily presentation of what they think we Continue reading Trying to wrap my mind around the Aurora Shootings

Has cyberspace created a Blogging Bubble?

Blogging. Everyone’s doing it. Well, not everyone. But if you’re not blogging, you should be. That seems to be a standard piece of advice to writers, both aspiring and established. Connect on social media. Blog, tweet, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, whatever then next Continue reading Has cyberspace created a Blogging Bubble?

Robin’s Nest III– Final Chapter

(A running commentary compiled over the days since the last post.) We named our baby robins the Four Stooges: Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp. We don’t know who’s who yet, but one seems a bit bigger and one seems a bit Continue reading Robin’s Nest III– Final Chapter