At the end of 2015, I retired from a full-time editing position with The Record/ Herald News in New Jersey, where I had worked for ten years. Previously, from 1972 to 1998, I wrote for another daily newspaper, The Star-Ledger. … Continue reading
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In my last post, I explained that my publisher of 13 years, Amber Quill Press, was going out of business in early 2016. The books I put out with them are now out of print, although some copies still may … Continue reading
Since my last blog entry, two years ago, much has happened in my life. In November of 2015, I retired from my full-time job editing the Homescape section, and doing other writing, in the Special Sections Department of the Record … Continue reading
It’s happened to the best of us. We can polish a piece of writing for weeks and still overlook an outrageous gaffe staring us right in the face. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch it before anyone else sees it. if … Continue reading
I think Thanksgiving 2012 was a special one for many of us in the Eastern U.S. This year, I was thankful just to have electricity–light, heat, refrigeration, “land-line” phone service, television and Internet access! And I got off a lot … Continue reading
Do you suffer from occasional—or constant—attacks of “the shoulds”? You know what I mean. From the time I get up in the morning (“I really should do some kind of exercise…I should empty the cats’ litter pan now…I should floss … Continue reading
This month, I’m kicking off a new category on my blog site of “Guest Interviews” with other authors who write in the general category of paranormal mystery or suspense. I hope my readers will be interested in checking out books … Continue reading
One interpretation with which I still disagree, though, is of “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen. That’s because the essay interprets this story as being about beauty, and concludes this is a destructive value to pass on to kids.
What does it mean to be “creative”? Is there such a thing as a “creative personality”? I’ve wondered about this for many years, probably because I’ve always been a bit strange and over time I’ve realized there are other people … Continue reading
As a lifelong fan of vampire stories, and author of two vamp novels (DANCE WITH THE DRAGON and ONE BLOOD), I’m intrigued by the way pop culture keeps revisiting the legends every decade or so, always with a new twist. … Continue reading