What’s better for breaking news? Twitter or the paper?

I write for a large-market newspaper and when the freelance Gods smile down on me, a few other regional and national news organizations. The other day I posted a FB request asking for copies of what at the time, was yesterday’s issue (sometimes I like to send articles to my mom like she’s always done…

How much will it cost you to write your book?

Pretend this is one of those middle school word problems … Ready? Good. Here we go … To write a book, you need only pen and paper — access to a word processor is nice, but it is not necessary. (Oh, snap. I forgot, momentarily, about The Diving Bell and the Butterfly — “written” not by…

Should we limit Freedom of Speech?

A few years ago, the NY general assembly was considering a bill — The Internet Protection Act — intended to protect people from undue harassment and false statements that the anonymous sometimes make — think cyber bullying. The act, had it passed, would have amended the civil rights law, which clearly isn’t anything too many…

Sometimes you have to fight when you’re a man …

Remember the Kenny Roger’s song, “Coward of the County”? “… Promise me, son, not to do the things I’ve done.Walk away from trouble if you can.It won’t mean you’re weak if you turn the other cheek.I hope you’re old enough to understand: Son, you don’t have to fight to be a man …” I grew up…

Why I love the sunrise …

“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen….

Why you have to bleed to write well …

I’ve had a lot of people tell me they want to write a book — or at the very least, that they have some grand idea that would make a bestseller. Hmmm. I suppose they confide this in me because I am a writer and somewhere in their minds they think I’ll be receptive ……

It can be excruciating to admit this …

So, I wrote a book. But most of you know that. And actually, I’ve written a couple books but only released the one. And while at first, I was unbelievably happy and excited about the attention and the press that it incurred, it never ceases to amaze me how some people … some that are…

Be Still The Jabberwocky Approaches …

It was clear something wasn’t right. The two young girls had abandoned their usual unrehearsed, easy smiles for more serene expressions. Almost as if someone had told them how to be. Hands purposely shoved into the pockets of their respective summer smocks. Feet consciously kicking at the ground beneath their shoeless soles. Bodies stiff like…

If you learn one thing, learn to dream –

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes I first learned of my gift for storytelling in high school. Though admittedly, I suffered through most of my studies an average student on paper, who was, however, fortunate to be smart enough to sufficiently pass tests…

Channeling Aldous Huxley …

Yes, Virginia, a person can over think … or wait, can they? Can a person really over think something? Is it possible to spend too much time pondering a decision?  (Note, if you cannot answer that question from the get-go then you are clearly an over thinker and this post might send you into a thinking induced…

I too could use a room of my own … and maybe a maid –

Virginia Woolf was right when she said that in order to write fiction a woman must have money and a room of her own.  And I believe that her reasoning – though founded in the 1920’s – are still valid today. See she believed that in order for a woman to be a successful writer, she needed her…