The Evening Muse 6 | The Need for Speed & Selectiveness

Expedience – I read a lot. Of course that goes without saying. Just the other day I heard Stephen King say he is an omnivorous reader, and I agreed I am the same. Voracious, in fact. However – and because of this – I need to do a lot of using the speed-reading technique (as … Continue reading The Evening Muse 6 | The Need for Speed & Selectiveness

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Now Reading: The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

I am really enjoying this exceptional debut crime/suspense thriller novel so far. I'm starting Chapter 8 tonight. I'd grabbed this one from the library a week or so ago, having heard nothing about it but was immediately sold by the description on the inside flap. Description from the Hardcover edition: Peter Ash came home from … Continue reading Now Reading: The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

Workbook 8 | May: Gentleman, Restart Your Engine

Ahhh . . . May! Probably my favorite month of the year for a few reasons: one, the residue of Winter isfully shaken off and Spring finally in full swing; two, usually great weather (tho we didn’t get it until later in the month this time), and the NBA Playoffs enter the more competitive second … Continue reading Workbook 8 | May: Gentleman, Restart Your Engine

Daybook 5 | The Sound of Fiction

So sometime last week I had been lamenting the fact that while working at the day job I had burned myself out on listening to music and podcasts on my iPod and needed a third option, at the very least. That’s when the little light bulb went off in my head and alerted me that … Continue reading Daybook 5 | The Sound of Fiction

Lifebook 6 | Francis Coppola and I

Strolling down Memory Lane, somehow I forgot the significance of this detail, that my name is, after all these years, still associated with one Francis Ford Coppola. I was a two-time Guest Editor for one of his literary publications, in which I dutifully selected one of my favorite short stories ever, “The Junkie Muse” by … Continue reading Lifebook 6 | Francis Coppola and I

Quote: Stephen King’s Writing and Sports Analogy

Writing novels is a little like playing baseball where the game goes on for as long as it needs to, even if that means 20 innings. Writing short stories is more like playing basketball or football, you’re competing against the clock, as well as the other team. When it comes to writing fiction, long or … Continue reading Quote: Stephen King’s Writing and Sports Analogy

Lifebook 5 | Life . . . It’ll Kill Ya

I've fallen off the wagon a lil' bit of late, but thankfully that hasn't manifested into weight gain. Was thinking recently that although many battles with sugar have been won, the war continues, probably in perpetuity. Meanwhile, a war with sodium should probably get underway soon. There's a strange irony in the fact that life … Continue reading Lifebook 5 | Life . . . It’ll Kill Ya