Get Loaded Blog Tour de Force: Get Out Your GPS

January 31, 2012: Get Loaded Blog Tour de Force has come to an end. Thank you to all who stopped by and chatted with me on this blog and by email. Please visit my blog again. Also, I’d love to … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour

This book tour I am going in my pajamas. I am participating in the Get Loaded Blog Tour de Force sponsored by the Indie Book Collective this week, and I hope to get more mileage while putting on fewer miles. … Continue reading

Bet Hemingway Was a Whiz in the Kitchen

The last cake I baked drifted out of the pan as if it were an angel descending, settled on the platter, and promptly split down the middle. The fissure was about the size of the Grand Canyon. Since it was … Continue reading

12 Shameless Reasons to Shop the Indie Book Blowout

This time of year you are inundated with promotions—every single one of them shameless. I’d like to keep Christmas pristine just as much as the next guy, but what’s an indie author to do? I’ve got birds to feed, kids … Continue reading

5 Ways Plain Writing Helps You, Your Book and Your Business

Plain language is the law. And it’s not a moment too soon. For years, I have been preaching clarity in writing to author clients and in business writing classes. Now, someone finally gets it, and that’s President Barack Obama. In … Continue reading

Themes Are for Disneyland, Not Writers

Themes are for parks like Disneyland, not for books. When it comes to writing,  I prefer to sculpt my stories around an armature. I came upon this concept in an extraordinary little writing book called Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald. … Continue reading

Why I Spend Halloween in the Basement

Our marriage is a Halloween-free zone.We also avoid restaurants with themes, ever since the waiter at Renaissance Buffet plopped down on one knee, thumped his chest, and said, “My liege, might I suggest a hearty meat pie or a joint of … Continue reading

Left Behind: When Your Kid Studies Abroad

In August 1999, I put my daughter on a plane for Ecuador and settled down to wait. I had heard all the public relations about study abroad: how my daughter would never be the same after a semester as a … Continue reading

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