Process Tools

Putting yourself in the picture

What was life like in a middle-class Toronto neighborhood in the 1940s? I don’t know, but for a work-in-progress, I need to find out. Yet there’s surprisingly little information available on what is outwardly a banal topic. Enter Quora. If you’re not familiar with it, Quora is a site where you can ask a question […]


April in Kensington, MD

I’ll be signing copies of both novels and previewing a third at the Day of the Book Festival in Kensington, MD on Sunday, April 26. The event runs from 11-4. If you’re in the DC area, come visit. You’ll also meet Philip Padgett, author of Advocating Overlord, an outstanding history of the complex negotiations between […]

On Writing

In praise of fine writing

Ken Fuson was a former reporter for the Des Moines Register who died recently. His one sentence weather report is a mini-classic I am compelled to share.


Positive critique from Writer's Digest

I entered Sins of Omission in the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. While I did not win, I won all 4’s and 5’s on a five-point scale for Structure, Organization, and Pacing; Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar; Production Quality and Cover Design; Plot and Story Appeal; and Voice and Writing Style. I was most […]

Free offer

Free short-short story

I have a FREE GIFT for my readers and followers … a short-short story most people can read in five minutes. It’s appropriate for the holidays, a Holiday Letter from Fred and Frieda Fenwick, cheesemakers and marijuana growers in Monmouth, Oregon. Fred and Frieda have had quite a year and want to share it with […]