Category Archives: Thoughts

Romanian research: What’s in a name?

I wanted to have the novel take place in someplace that could be real, so I researched how towns might be named. I eventually chose Liniste Sat, which means quiet village in Romanian. This is a great name because it … Continue reading

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Romanian Research – Vampires

I’ve watched so many movies and TV shows with vampires and even read a few books, so I have a general take on what vampires are about. However, there is a historic novel aspect to this work, so I wanted … Continue reading

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Lord Vayne – Chapter 2

Here is another sample chapter draft from Lord Vayne. Maria hummed as she walked into the chicken coop. The hens seemed to cluck in tune with her as she reached beneath them to collect the morning’s harvest of eggs. The … Continue reading

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Romanian research – Owls

When I started writing Lord Vayne, I had never stepped foot in Romania, where a bulk of the novel takes place. The only things I knew about the country I read in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. So, of course, I … Continue reading

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The creative spirit in online marketing

  Writers, poets and storytellers need to be marketers and online marketing makes that some much easier. Check out some tips on how to market your creative writing on my other website. The Creative Spirit in Online Marketing Marketing Short … Continue reading

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Be a frog … in a good way!

I read this story about how tadpoles become frogs and I love using it as an metaphor for how we should look at obstacles in our lives. I recently included this story in a speech I gave at the Toastmasters … Continue reading

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Random web searches

This morning, I accidentally hit the space bar in my browser and the list of suggested search terms was as follows: hollywood walk stars windows system32 config system hollywood walk of fame cuban restaraunts in celebration florida eating too much … Continue reading

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Nobody Help Me

Last night, around 12:15 am, I heard someone crying out in the alley behind my apartment. At first, I heard him say something about mercy. Then there as a loud bang and he started shouting, “Nobody help me!” This would … Continue reading

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What Green Lantern taught me about courage

Yesterday, I watched Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds as the DC Comics hero. It was a fun flick … but it also had a pretty profound underlying message. The premise of the story is that there is an intergalactic police … Continue reading

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Evolutionary reluctance

In the most recent issue of Penn State’s Research magazine, which I receive because I’m a member of the National Association of Science Writers, there was a little article that caught my eye. It was titled “High school biology teachers … Continue reading

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