Category Archives: About Writing

The Narcissus Plant – Pretty But Deadly!

I’ve blogged before about some deceptively attractive plants that can be lethal when ingested, and I have one more to add to the list. Parts of the beautiful, flowering narcissus plant can be quite poisonous and deadly! Narcissus is a … Continue reading

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The Making of a Hero in Fiction

There’s nothing better than a memorable protagonist in any story, but the good guy in a murder mystery or thriller is the one who saves the day by solving the crime and bringing the perpetrator to justice. As I develop … Continue reading

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Create An Action-Packed New Year!

First off -> HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017! Now, before you roll your eyes at yet another lesson about New Year’s resolutions, here are some practical suggestions to help you 1) make realistic goals, 2) plan them logically, and 3) keep … Continue reading

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MY NEW YEAR’S WISH FOR YOU!

** MY WISH FOR YOU IN THE NEW YEAR ** May peace break into your home; May thieves steal your debts; May the pockets of your jeans Become magnets for $100 bills.  May love stick to you like glue; May … Continue reading

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ALMOST DEAD – The Novel

Yes, the title of my latest book messes with my mind also! When someone dies, they’re dead—right? Well . . . maybe not. And when someone dies at the hand of another, that’s labeled a murder—right? Well . . . … Continue reading

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Is the Future of Entertainment a Pharmaceutical?

At a recent Wall Street Journal conference (WSJD Live 2016), Netflix CEO Reed Hastings speculated that the future of entertainment might be something OTHER than watching and interacting with the screen of an electronic device. Netflix, an entertainment industry innovator … Continue reading

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Why A Writer Should Be Thankful!

Here in the United States it’s Thanksgiving time—Thursday, November 24th to be exact—and it’s a day of fantastic food feasts, with the bonus of a long holiday weekend ahead. More importantly, it’s a time to reflect on what makes our … Continue reading

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