Writing Inspiration

Reporting from the Tucson Festival of Books 2016

…Since I’d decided that I’d focus on attending sessions on book business, which included usage of social media, I spent many seminars meeting several of the same presenters and attendees. One gentleman who seemed to pop up in half of the sessions I attended is @Ron Hogan. He’s everywhere! Also, his background in starting the literary blog Beatrice.com in 1995 provided stellar credentials for authenticating his social media knowledge. Ron emphasized that authors need to be on social media, but as a person who loves books, not someone constantly entreating people to buy theirs.

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Easy as Apple Pie?

Why is apple pie supposed to be easy?

In my years of culinary efforts, I have never found pie making to be easy.

Historically, pie was mentioned as easy, but more for the ease of eating—certainly, not for the baking.

Early in my adult life, I attempted baking an apple pie. Generally, I consider myself a proficient cook, but the pie baking almost conquered me.

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Secrets of the Universe

…Much like a statement from Yoda in Star Wars, we must DO not TRY. The implications of trying suggest that we have given ourselves permission to fail. So, “Do” is the right word to describe your efforts…

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Avast and Ahoy, Mates!

When I sent an “evite” via one of the social media channels, a recipient told me that I had computer viruses. That surprised me because I have a Mac and I thought I was protected. Guess not! . . .

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Hack!

On a dark and windy night, a lone figure, whose face we don’t see in the darkness, slips in through the back door of a house. A couple is sleeping upstairs in their bedroom.

Suddenly, the figure is at the couple’s bedside and a shiny knife appears. The camera cuts away to show the knife as it is wielded repeatedly, with blood spurting in the air. The couple has been hacked to death with the intruder’s knife.

…Now that’s a definition of “hacking” that I remember.

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Why Writing and Building a Home Are Similar

… In writing, build your story or premise, one concept at a time, bringing the elements together – sometimes jarringly to create interest. On one wall, you might have a theme color that appears, seemingly randomly, in many places. That theme might be followed up in couch cushions, in images on the walls, in displays in the kitchen of colorful produce. …

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Traveling Wo-man

… The passenger seated next to me commented that another airline has five inches more legroom.  That doesn’t sound like much, but when someone is seated in the same position for hours, having that extra room is important.  After all, even in hospitals they turn patients every few hours to avoid bedsores…

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