Monthly Archives: August 2009

Lessons Along the Way

When I began writing my first novel ten years ago I had this grand idea that I would write this great story, get published within a year of completion, become a bestselling author, do interviews on news shows, book signings, … Continue reading

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Dying Many Times

At the beginning of Act 2 of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, has had a terrible dream about Caesar’s death and is begging him to not go to the senate. Caesar has been warned of the Ides of … Continue reading

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Holly Springs, MS

The photos of the train tracks were taken in front of the old train depot in Holly Springs, MS. The street photos were taken from the train depot looking down Van Dorn. Click on a photo to make it bigger.

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Birth of a Story

The writing of a story begins when the writer falls in love with an idea, and that idea gives birth to a word. With love, that word grows into more words and becomes a sentence. That one sentence meets other … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth in Writing

The first chapter of the book, Bird by Bird: Some Instruction on Writing and Life by Anne Lammot, begins with the opening sentences: “The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop is … Continue reading

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