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Jun. 6, 2013 6:45 am
This was first written in a Linked-In Group "European Sculpture and Works of Art" For those who may not know, the issue can be examined here: Artists are doing...  Read More
Jun. 5, 2013 2:19 pm
OK, that’s a snarky headline. But I’ve read a number of online writing guides that seem designed to dumb down texts and keep readers limited. More than that, they’re designed to stifle the authentic and unique writers’ voices we always encourage. . The latest recommendations on writing for the web tell us, courtesy of the Content Marketing Institute, that sentences should be less than ten words...  Read More
Jun. 3, 2013 12:20 pm
I’m a die-hard (pun perhaps intended) fan of HBO's epid fantasy series Game of Thrones – not just because it’s a visually stunning, beautifully realized society full of complex people, but because it, and the blockbuster books by George R. R Martin that it’s based on, show us how to create believable fantasy worlds and characters. One of the main takeaways from both the books and the show is...  Read More
May 23, 2013 12:10 pm
A recent random web search on the keyword “how to write fantasy fiction” came up with over 5 million hits. That says there are a lot of hungry writers out there -- people with stories in their hearts and in their minds, visions of wonder and magic that they’re aching to share. And there’s no shortage of articles, books and how tos on doing just that. The problem is, much of it isn’t very good. ...  Read More
May 20, 2013 8:13 pm
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas. The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding up to the old inn doo r. Those are the opening lines from the Alfred Noyes poem "The Highwayman," performed by Canadian singer Loreena McKennit, a favorite of mine. And if you write a certain sort of fantasy/romance/historical fiction, she should be...  Read More
May 10, 2013 9:47 am
Life (and mind) changing stuff pops up in all kinds of places. I followed a link this morning to a blog I'd never heard of, but I'll be visiting again and again. It impressed me so much that I'm devoting a chunk of this post to talking about it. It's Chris McCombs' blog , with its banner of a tattooed arm that says "Rise Above," and this trainer/bodybuilder/entrepreneur has some pretty straight...  Read More
Apr. 27, 2013 3:40 pm
It's finally here -- Argentine and Sixkiller are out in the world, available on Amazon Kindle and Amazon Kindle Select. It's the first book in the Meridian cycle. with two more planned -- On Crow Water and Wild Card. The trailer, designed by LunaBlue Graphics, uses vintage photographs and high contrast black and sunset colors for an elegant and surreal feel. And of course el gatillo , that...  Read More
Mar. 24, 2013 8:32 pm
When I was sixteen, I had my first regular writing gig -- a weekly gardening column in a local shopper-type newspaper. The editor wanted me to create a cute alias to write it under -- a ' sway- do-nym,' as she put it. I don't recall if that was because of my age or to hide the fact that I had no gardening experience whatsoever. But I didn't want to write that way. The journalist in me...  Read More
Feb. 23, 2013 1:47 pm
Psst --want to be an author -- but you're too busy to write? Hate writing? Don't know your adverb from a hole in the ground? Why, there are thousands of freelance writers out there ready and eager to write your book for you -- cheap. That's the message I've been seeing again and again in my inbox, as marketer after marketer offers surefire advice on how to kill the Kindle market, become a...  Read More
Jan. 8, 2013 6:31 pm
I have fallen in love with this song. It is absolutely my perfect wedding song and it melts my heart every time I hear it. This is my perfect song.  Read More
Jan. 8, 2013 6:28 pm
Truth is I wish we talked more. I know I am wasting my time, but I still hold hope that maybe through some shred of a miracle that you just might want to talk to me too. I know this is extremely wishful thinking on my part. However, I was always told to dream big. I guess on some level I am just hoping that one day you see what is going on here and stop pretending like you are too damn good for...  Read More
Jan. 5, 2013 5:39 pm
I wonder if I am the only one? When I have a broken heart, I watch romance movies to give me hope that real love still exists. I guess that is kind of an oxymoron, considering I am watching a fictional story to support true love. But what about the movies that warn us about broken hearts? What about the character's that tell us which guys to steer clear of? For Example: He Is Just...  Read More
Dec. 30, 2012 8:16 pm
Sometimes, I wonder what it is that makes people tick. What are they waiting for? What is it that they need and are longing for in their life to make them feel complete? Sometimes, if I just knew what these things were, I may actually have a shot at being the person that can complete that puzzle for them. I just wish for once, I could have this tiny advantage. I wish that I could be their soul’s...  Read More
Dec. 30, 2012 3:52 pm
Dec. 23, 2012 9:31 pm
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from the editor of a new magazine. She had an article assignment to offer me, but she'd visited my site and had some concerns about my ability to do the job because I'm a fiction writer too. Did I understand, she said, that the article had to use facts, and that I couldn't just make things up? After a moment's stunned silence, I told her in reassuring tones...  Read More
Dec. 20, 2012 1:16 am
Age... What is it, but a number? Factually, it is an accurate account of how long we have been a living human being. How long we have been breathing and keeps an accurate record of our continual aging as we grow nearer to our final salvation and everlasting life. But, does age tell us how wise we are? Usually, it can be a very good predictor. But age can never account for the diamonds that are...  Read More
Dec. 20, 2012 1:12 am
Why do we fall in love? It is a basic human necessity. We strive to love and be loved. Since the beginning of time, our instincts have told us to find love and to be loved. It satisfies a very primal need to be appreciated, to be nurtured, to be significant. It is stronger than any other feeling. It surpasses all other emotions. We still fall in love after a broken heart. It mends us, brings...  Read More
Aug. 20, 2012 2:05 pm
The UK's largest street art project was back in Bristol last weekend, showing that just a bit of creativity and colour can brighten up some of the drabbest inner city concrete. Following the success of last year's event, this year's See No Evil was part of the London 2012 Festival (a summer-long arts festival throughout the country to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic...  Read More
Aug. 19, 2012 12:12 pm
It's live! Recently I had the opportunity to submit some short stories in support of a brand-new publishing initiative undertaken by my friend Faydra D. Fields. Called the Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1, it's designed to give new writers some much-needed exposure while also affording the same to some of us more seasoned hands who are just entering the digital...  Read More
Jul. 15, 2012 11:28 am
If you’re interested in writing for money at all, you’ve probably paid a visit to various freelance writing sites, where you’ll find blog posts that say NEVER, no NEVER write for the content sites -- or, as the pejorative parlance would have it, the content mills. Quit writing those short low paying articles, they say. Focus your efforts instead on finding a better paying gig and within a pretty...  Read More
Mar. 29, 2012 9:39 am
The myth of the young genius, the early blooming prodigy, the athlete peaking at 22, has us all in its grip. But that is just a myth -- a myth that deserves to be busted. Thanks to the efforts of some wonderfully inspiring bloggers, that dream killing belief that you have to succeed young or not at all is crumbling. America's love affair with youth destroys dreams every day, as people sadly put...  Read More
Mar. 28, 2012 9:13 am
Whatever kind of writing you do, you have the power to create change. In fact, that's the magic of creative work of all kinds -- it draws back the veil, turns over rocks, shows people things they wouldn't otherwise see. "I Was Discriminated Against" is the title of blogger Ollin Morales' post from March 26, 2012. Ollin has a very cool blog called Courage 2 Create , which chronicles his journey...  Read More
Feb. 24, 2012 10:45 pm
Petrea and Chris held their wedding celebration at Petrea"s parent's vineyard in Kangaroo Ground - Watsons Creek Wines. I acted as part guest and part official photographer for the day. Every one really enjoyed the lovely setting, fine wines, spit roast and stunning evening light show that filled the valley surrounding the property.  Read More
Feb. 20, 2012 4:23 pm
Several years back, I received an email from Tom Rinaldi, one of the proprietors of the wonderful website , to which I direct you as soon as you have finished reading this. He had read and enjoyed some of my architectural essays, such as those on Downing, Davis, and Vaux. “I have a quick question and you seemed like just the person to ask,” Tom wrote. “Where...  Read More
Feb. 16, 2012 10:33 pm
Julia and Daniel chose a typical Melbourne day for their wedding, 4 seasons in a day. The weather however had little effect on the superbly planned day. Bridal preparations in Mount Eliza, the boys getting ready in Nobal Park. Their ceremony took place in the beautiful St James Catholic Church, Brighton followed by their reception at the famous Quat Quatta. Parliament house created the perfect...  Read More
Feb. 11, 2012 4:50 pm
The Rondout Courier of May 24, 1850 contains a modest and to modern eyes refreshingly low-key advertisement for a general store—no double-cents-off, no two-for-one promotion, no seasonal special, no can-can fest. “NEW ARRIVAL,” it reads, “E. SUYDAM would inform his friends and the public generally that he has just received a fresh supply of Groceries and a good amount of Crockery, to which he...  Read More
Feb. 11, 2012 1:24 am
I still continue to swallow my words and pride. It hurts because the truth is, I love you.  Read More
Feb. 8, 2012 10:16 pm
Luisa and the girls had their bridal preparations at her parents house in Doncaster East, while the boys got ready in Shoreham. Their ceremony followed at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Dromana. Their reception was held at the stunning Morning Star Estate, Mount Eliza. Locations photo were teken at the Mills Beach Scenic lookout, Esplanade Mornington.  Read More
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