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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Jim’s writing rules

Adverbs aren’t all bad. Using gerunds to begin every sentence, as do NBC field reporters, is unacceptable, but their occasional use is fine. It is also acceptable to employ an occasional sentence in passive voice. Always use a subject and verb. Except when not. I hope this helps.