Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Where Have All the Good Quotes Gone?

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“A penny saved is a penny earned.” “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” “Give me liberty or give me death.” I feel like we’re not getting high quality quotes anymore. Other than movie lines, I can’t remember quoting anyone… Read more »

How to Write a Banned Book

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It’s no mystery why people love things that are banned. The theory behind it has been called psychological reactance, which simply stated means that people’s desire for freedom kicks into gear when a restriction is put on them. We all know it happens – whether it’s the hot girl in high school who was dating someone else, the brownies that… Read more »

Sources of Inspiration

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I don’t think I’m abnormal as a writer in that I love writing and… let’s say… am not a big fan of editing. No matter how busy a day I had at work, I find I can sit down and write a couple thousand words. Doesn’t feel like work at all. Just an enjoyable expression of creativity. Editing is another… Read more »

The Movie Wasn’t as Good as the Book…

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I suppose as an author (as opposed to a screenwriter), my headline above should come out of my mouth more often. But I do love movies, so I often end up on the wrong side of that statement. Maybe it’s because life is busy, and there’s a satisfaction that comes with being “fed” a movie on a Friday night after… Read more »

Movies for the Mood

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Heading back to work this morning after a week – actually longer than a week due to Labor Day – off with the kids. Had a very nice little break to close out the summer – lot of day activities in Western New York, and one trek up to the Toronto Zoo. Had a tough decision to make last night,… Read more »

Foreign Languages in English Novels

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I could use some feedback…. I’m working on the second book in the HISTORY AMENDED trilogy, a part of which takes place in Russia. As I’ve been writing the first draft, my intent has been to write the parts that are spoken in Russian in actual Russian without translation, and then refer to the translation in how the point-of-view character… Read more »