Ready or Not, NaNoWriMo, Here I Come!

 I’m doing something way out of my comfort zone during the month of November and participating in National Novel Writing Month. It’s more or less a massive group marathon fiction writing event, where writers across the nation (maybe even the Continue reading Ready or Not, NaNoWriMo, Here I Come!

Need inspiration? Look to other masterful artists and craftspersons for creative stimulation.

All writers need to generate story ideas on a regular basis. I find the best times to do that are just sitting in a quiet spot with a notebook answering “what if” questions. But when I’m stumped for ideas using Continue reading Need inspiration? Look to other masterful artists and craftspersons for creative stimulation.

How do the Romney-Obama debates connect with writing a novel?

Political debates now days are a joke. Back in the days of Lincoln-Douglas, debates were unscripted verbal battles between two people who actually possessed values, morals, scruples, and were highly educated on the issues of the day. They were free to Continue reading How do the Romney-Obama debates connect with writing a novel?

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