Your Complete History Guide to Gangsters of New York City

A Guide to Gangsters, Murders, and Weirdos of New York City’s Lower East Side It goes without saying that the study of history is one of the most rewarding pursuits you could possibly choose. History gives us the chance to explore where we come from so that we can better understand where we’re going. We get to root for incredible heroes, celebrate amazing accomplishments, and trace the development of major industries as well. However, it’s important to understand that history covers a lot more than Continue reading →

Why You Don’t Reach Your Goals (But how you Can)

  Are you replaying 2015 in your head? Do you see a long list of things you didn’t do? Ask yourself this: Why? Be totally honest. Brutally honest, in fact. After years of teaching people how to set goals, and walking the walk, I can tell you this:   If I don’t do something, it’s because deep down I didn’t want to. It’s that simple.    Maybe that’s not true for you. Maybe after you sit with yourself contemplating my question you’ll have a different Continue reading →

Writers write. No Excuses Allowed

Lately, I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts. Most are writing and publishing-related. A few weeks back, while listening to one of them, I found myself annoyed with the podcaster. During this particular episode, the basic gist of the podcast was about how much an indie writer needs to write to 1) be a serious author and 2) make a living. This podcaster referenced someone who has a large family, and is still a successful author (i.e. earning a living.) The podcaster used this person Continue reading →

How to Write Fantasy Like a Pro

Tips on World-Building by Farah Oomerbhoy   Fantasy is not a creation of the modern world. In fact the roots of fantasy go back thousands of years to an age of myths and legends, when wandering storytellers sat by a fire and recounted fantastic tales of wondrous worlds, populated by gods, heroes and monsters. Starting from the ancient epic of Gilgamesh and the tales of King Arthur to the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan; fantasy is the longest surviving Continue reading →

Click Here for Your Free Gifts

(Yeah, that’s a bit tongue in cheek. I’ve seen that written so many times, so many places, but I’ve never used it — until now!) Send Me Your Best! Hi, all! Thank you for following this blog. I hope you are enjoying the content. If you have suggestions, or would like to contribute to it, get in touch! This blog is for all of you. And, I’m always looking for great, useful, content that you will love! Speaking of great content … You are cordially Continue reading →

How to Manage Your Writing Time

Destiny: it all adds up, eventually by Anna Castle   I’ve been a full-time novelist since I retired from my job as the manager of a digital archive at a state university in September, 2012. I became an indie author June, 2014 when I launched my first book. I’m every bit as busy as I was at the archive, although, I meet friends on campus for lunch more often now, oddly. Novel-writing is not as demanding as founding an archive or writing code at a Continue reading →

Fearsome Foursome Take On Sabotage

It’s Monday Mysteries! If this is your first time checking these affiliate links, welcome aboard! That’s a mouthful! Who came up with the title for this post? Oh, yeah, I did. It does describe what author, Dale Wiley, wrote for this week’s book blurb. Here’s how this works (if you’re just tuning in)…every Monday, I search through listings on Smashwords for mysteries we all might like. If you click-through, I might receive a bit of compensation, which I eagerly set aside in my rather small Continue reading →

Scott Drayco, Vampire. I mean, FBI!

Here’s another mystery for you to check out from Smashwords (I participate in their affiliate program.) The description got my attention. I especially like the name of the lead character: Scott Drayco. I’m either thinking about Harry Potter, or a vampire book, but FBI? Oooo, that’s intriguing. The cover isn’t too shabby; it’s eye-catching, but it doesn’t really give me a sense for what the book is about. But, I don’t always pay attention to covers. Whenever I’m in a bookstore or library, all I Continue reading →

Casino Craziness in Cozy Mystery Series

HEY BIG SPENDER I know I’ve mentioned that I love reading mysteries. Well, since I’m participating in Smashword’s affiliate program, I decided to check out a few mystery authors over there. Every Monday (or so ), I’ll post a link to a book I think would be a fun read. If you read it, get back to me, and we’ll chat about what made it a good or bad read (without being nasty and overly critical. Seriously, the only thing authors learn from an overly Continue reading →

Character Deaths Have Meaning

 Character Deaths and its Painful Glory A bullet wound to the head, massive body trauma, vehicle accident or even a deadly encounter with an alligator? Now, what am I going to do to get my character to meet with his maker? Why does this character need to go? Is it going to have meaning? These are some of the questions we face when writing about killing off our least, and sometimes most favorite of characters within our stories.     I will start by saying Continue reading →
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