Here you will find everything to do with writing, whether it is my writing or what I'm learning from reading books on writing.  Reading, vocabulary, and grammar are the tools of the trade. The very best people to learn from are the ones who are seasoned writers who teach writing. You would be wise to enlist them as your mentors, as I have.

Stories that have a positive outcome and the hero reigns supreme are most likely a joy to read. They make you feel good, I suppose. They just don’t feel real to me. I prefer creating a character who has had a tough go of it, for whom life has been a bitch, and they just aren’t getting any breaks. That feels more real to me. Because life doesn’t always, usually, turn out perfect for us. We don’t meet the prince riding in on a white horse to save us, we don’t hit the mega-millions lottery, we don’t get to live in the suburban house with the white picket fence (if that is what we truly want).

I've heard many times from other writers the suggestion that we should write what we know. That makes sense to me since it has to be far more difficult to try to write about something you know nothing about. That usually means lots of research. But since I write, in my literary novels and collections of short stories, about the human condition based on people in my life or from my past, I would recommend that you might want to try something else. Try writing about who you know. And sometimes it takes just one incident about someone you knew from your past that left a deep impression on you and you've got a story. Your imagination will usually fill in the rest. This is where memoir writing meets fiction. 

So, since I’ve decided to spend far less time writing a newsletter I’ve decided I need to spend a little more time blogging. My goal is to blog weekly. I ALWAYS have something to write about so this shouldn’t be too difficult for me to do. Basically, I sit down in my chair and type. Something always comes out. As a matter of fact, that is also what most writers recommend you do if you want to become a better writer, just sit down at your computer until the words come out. It doesn’t have to be too long, just a way to keep in touch with whoever might be following me on my writing journey.

There are so many books written that are turned into movies and I say 'Bravo' for the author who is privileged to have that experience. With so many authors out there today, I'm always surprised by the number of remakes that are made (such as 'Spiderman') I mean, do they think they just haven't gotten it right yet? Or is it because with CGI they can go beyond their wildest dreams. Personally, too much CGI is a turn off for me because I feel as if there is less and less acting and more just stretching a rubber CGI character through the air (again, 'Spiderman'). I feel like I'm watching an animated movie.

No, that isn't a misspelling of the word Sudoku, the numbers game. Tsundoku is Japanese and means, "acquiring reading material and letting them pile up in one's home without reading them". For years I've called myself a bibliophile which is "a person who collects and has a great love of books". That is still me, too, but now I have a new term to describe the hundreds of books in bookcases lining the walls of my basement, my living room, my studio. 

I find it fascinating that everything we do, no matter how unique it may see to us, and even if no one in our circle of friends and family ever encountered anyone else who did this unusual thing that you do, you can be assured that someone else out there does it, and there is a name for it. That was definitely how I felt when I heard a contestant on Jeopardy not only say the name "Tsundoku" but Alex Trebek agreed he, too, suffered the same affliction. 

To me there is no such thing as owning too many books.