Gratitude for Breakfast – Start Your Day with a Power Meal of Joy and Abundance

I've been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. As a writer, I'm grateful I have a flexible schedule, a comfortable place to sit and create and decent computer equipment. That wasn't always true. Being grateful was something I resisted or struggled to feel. Remember (especially if you're a boomer) your parents telling you about the …

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Treasure Hunting in Bookland – Tales from a Used/Rare Book Buyer

A while back, I worked as a used/rare book buyer for a locally owned bookstore. I was fortunate to apprentice under one of their most experienced buyers. You can probably imagine what a rush it was to have a job that paid me to go through boxes brought in by customers and scour for treasures. …

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Fantasy Writer Seeks Comic Book Heroes for Action and Adventure

Do you remember the first comic book you ever bought? I can picture the creaky metal comic stand in front of the neighborhood market that I passed on my way home from school, still feel the touch of my fingers on the covers, remember the thrill of picking out one to take home. I still …

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Smashcuts, Sequels and All that Jazz

Smashcut. Sounds fun doesn't it? Gonna 'Smashcut' that chapter! Not a screenwriter, so it was new terminology to me; describes an abrupt cut from one scent to another); a neat little tool that I’ve apparently used unknowing in my fiction writing. And something similar: a classic Jump Cut (cut between the exact shot, creating the effect of …

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