Category Archives: Writing

Wow! Thanks!

I was surprised this week, when I found my blog had attained the distinction of acquiring more readers than I could possibly have imagined. From all over the world! And all this since I started the blog last August. For … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property Rights

An interesting thing is happening in Hollywood.  They are complaining about the piracy of their movies and their intellectual property.  Oh, by the way, these same people believe everything in life, particularly other’s intellectual property, should be free.  However, not … Continue reading

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Writer’s NATOPS

In the days of flying tactical jets, I spent time reading the NATOPS manual and pocket checklist (PCL). Carrying the PCL in the lower pocket of your G-suit could sometimes keep you out of trouble and if you found yourself … Continue reading

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A Paradigm Shift in the Wind

Sniff the wind. Can you smell it? It is very faint, but it is there. It is the odor of a completely new change coming to the publishing industry. More succinctly, the slight smell on the wind is the fear … Continue reading

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A Writing Template

While writing can be easy for some, it can be a very difficult endeavor for others. I don’t know how many times I have watched students and adults fret endlessly over a writing assignment. Here are a few rules for … Continue reading

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Learning to Read

I always knew I was going to be a pilot and I also knew I would be a writer. When it came to reading and writing, there are a couple of people to whom I am very indebted. My mother … Continue reading

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On Being a Writer

One thing about being a writer is that you have to write well, especially when it comes to “selling yourself.”  In other words, when you put together a proposal or write a query letter to an editor, the writing has … Continue reading

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Tools for Serious Writing

If you are to be a serious writer, you must find a writing system that works for you. Notice I use the word, “system” in describing the component parts of the mechanism that allows you to be productive as a … Continue reading

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Another Brick & Mortar Bookstore Facing Problems

Last week we saw the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for Borders Bookstores. Shortly after the filing, Borders CEO Mike Edwards sent a mass email out to all of the faithful. In it, he talks about Borders stores being … Continue reading

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Taking Pride in Your Writing

I am amazed when reading some of the missives written today. Sometimes, I think English teachers have failed all of America, but then again, maybe not. Maybe the electronic devices we use today have warped our brains, keeping us from … Continue reading

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