If I am a ‘Guest Author’ then I’m legit?

February 2018
I have been invited as the guest author on Rita Lee Chapman's blog.  If you were looking to know a little more about me, you may read the interview here; .Rita Lee Chapman I'm never quite sure what kind of answer a person wants?   What kind of answer do I want to give?  And given the interview is over the electronic waves, it can be a little awkward to read too little or too much into the questions. I always read the 'blurbs' about the author on the back covers or fly pages of books.  You would think after the many years of reading I would have developed an idea of what kind of biography I would want to give.  On the whole I think I'm kind of an…
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No more prayers, they ain’t working.

February 2018, January 2018
It is the best of times; it is the worst of times.  Sorry Dickens. Thank you, Olympics, for showing us what humans can aspire to; we need this. 18 gun incidents already in 2018!  WTF! This is not a racial, sexual, religious, income, or immigration problem, except that the shooter was a white American male.  This is a problem that needs some 'grown-up' laws applied to it. First and foremost, who needs an automatic, assault type weapon?  The name says it all...assault. I'm not totally anti-gun.  I come from a gun owning family.  My dad always took a gun with him into the woods in Northern Wisconsin for two reasons, there were black bears and two if he ran into a problem (broken leg/heart attack) he had someway of letting…
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Searching for Gertrude

February 2018
An interesting romance set in Istanbul of the 1930- early 1940's. The characters are an American Jewish girl, a British diplomat/spy and a German bureaucrat who hates working for the Nazis, but it is his only way to find his lost love, Gertrude. How they all get tangled together is interesting. How the author resolves it is equally interesting. There is a tension in each of the characters due to the times and situations. Who can you really trust? Are you falling in love? And can this end well? I was asked to read this and comment/review.  All opinions are my own.
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Strictly Gershwin

February 2018
'S wonderful and D'lightful,  We went to the Tulsa Ballet's performance of "Strictly Gershwin" last night.  It was fabulous!  The orchestra, soloists (vocal, piano, and dance), many specialty dancers (I'm looking at you tap), music, lighting, costumes, and choreography, all were topped off with the fantastic dancers of the Tulsa Ballet.  Everything was fabulous.  Gershwin's music is always magical with his unusual rhythms and lyrics.  But the dancers were heavenly.    And just so they didn't take themselves too seriously, bicycles on stage?  Rollerskaters?  Dancing conductor?  Did I like it?   You can't tell from this? WONDERFUL dancing.  Kudos, Tulsa Ballet!  
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The Modern Thesaurus

February 2018
I have, thanks Mom, a pretty extensive vocabulary.  I remember one summer where I was able to work at Livermore National Laboratory with about 20 other teachers.  We would gather for lunch.  One of the teachers was preparing for the Graduate Record Exam and was working on his vocabulary.  He would call out a word and see if any of us knew the meaning.  Better than 95% of the time I knew the word.  He was kind of amazed and asked me about it.  I admitted to loving to read, but also my mother used unique words all the time.  She used 'wonky' as in off kilter before I ever heard it used elsewhere. I know in high school a Thesaurus was recommended for writing, not that I ever owned…
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When the editor needs to pause…

February 2018
My daughter-in-law is acting as final editor for me on the many stories I've written over the years.  It helps to have another pair of eyes when it comes to finding grammar errors.  And I will be the first to confess that grammar was my weakest area on the standardized tests we had to take, back in the day.  So E is retyping a book of which I had a hard copy, but the computer files have gone missing.  After several moves overseas and back to the States, maybe that isn't surprising.  Today she told me that she had to stop typing and just 'read' the book, she was so absorbed in it.   That makes a writer's heart go pitter-pat and more so as it was the same thing…
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Three on Thursday – No Wait It’s Wednesday

February 2018
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/370350769350420343/ No, there was no person by this name that I am aware of, but this Pinterest picture could have been him, at least in my mind. As for the 3 on Thursday a day early... I'm a day off, but when you're retired, remembering which day of the week it is, is based on the tv schedule. Should write and edit more.  Trying to be more serious about the time management of writing. Had lunch with former colleagues. :)  And the sun is shining, although we could use rain.  
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The ‘Mind’s Eye’

January 2018
I think Pinterest is probably a helpful friend for a writer.  I remember 'back in the days' before internet at home, I saw a picture in a magazine and thought, 'Yes, that is exactly what the character would look like."  I clipped it and over the years it was lost somewhere in a move. Move forward to 2018 and you can browse through fields and fields (pun intended?) of pictures and refine your ideas.  So I have on Pinterest several boards.  If you go there you will only see one board, 'Laurel' as that is the only book currently published.  Mostly I like to keep my ideas to myself until I'm finished thinking them through. So if you are interested in the way I envision the various people in 'Laurel',…
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Historical Fiction and Laurel

January 2018
Writing historical fiction becomes an exercise in learning.  You don't want to make obvious mistakes, but short of having actually lived through the time, I suspect that errors, perhaps glaring errors, will occur.  On the other hand, you can learn a lot about a time period by researching it.  The cholera epidemic that hit London in 1830 was not something I had specifically known before.  I had knew the various epidemics were the reason London made changes to its water supply and waste disposal systems later in the century.  This was driven by the systematic study of where cholera occurred by John Snow.   His work could be considered the start of epidemiology.  My story takes place during the first outbreak.  I wanted certain things to happen and lucked into…
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Laurel is Published

January 2018
I had this all thought out last night as I was drifting off to sleep and it sounded fantastic. Then comes the bright light of morning and I’m trying to remember all the witty things I had strung together. I came to this writing gig through a vacation I spent with my parents. I was home for the summer from teaching overseas and had lots of time for reading. Having finished all the scifi books I had I started reading the romance novels my mother had laying around. After three days of three books a day I told my mother that I thought I could write one. She said, “Well, do it.” And so that’s what I did for the rest of the summer. Writing was easy in a sense.…
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