An Open Letter About Blue Cross Blue Shield

An Open Letter About Blue Cross Blue Shield On Aug. 11, 2016, I had a three-level laminectomy done on my S1/L5, L5/L4 and L4/L3 vertebra. All for nerves on my left side. On one level there was a 12 mm left-to-right extrusion. The pain beforehand was intense. All down my left leg. They have a

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I’m Impervious To Pain … Ouch, Not My Pain!

There’s a scene in an old movie where one character proclaims they are “impervious to pain.” A second character stabs the first in the thigh with a hairpin and the first character begins to scream in pain. “I thought you said you were impervious to pain,” the second character says. “Not MY PAIN!” the first

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Pretty Has A Price

I’ve now finished the first draft of my third book–each one unique and completely unrelated to the other. That’s three written since I began the Writer’s Path program at Southern Methodist University in August of 2014. The working title of Book Three is now “Pretty Has A Price.” The book begins with newly widowed Sterling

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Summer Reading, Traveling Abroad

So far this summer, I have spent an abundance of my time in Imperial Russia. I spent two to four days drifting off the coast of Cuba trying to reel in a very large fish. And I’ve spent a couple nights wandering the cafes of Paris. I’m three chapters under the stairs in the cupboard

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Read Twain’s End, by Lynn Cullen

In late April I had the fortune to meet Author Lynn Cullen while attending the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, Alabama. She was taking part in a workshop in discussing the process of writing historical fiction when I also had the fortune to be introduced to her latest literary work, Twain’s End, (Gallery Books, an

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Chasing My White Whale

Are you chasing a¬†metaphorical white whale, something that continually gnaws at you, encompasses you, and is on the verge of driving you stark mad? If so, you must be a writer of some sort. Maybe an artist. Perhaps both. Today was I treated to the release of Steven Pressfield’s new book, Nobody Wants to Read

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Why If You’re Writing You Need To Know Of Shawn Coyne

If you have seen author and editor Shawn Coyne’s website, you’ll see the points below and know that I’m not giving anything away that he hasn’t already posted or put into his book The Story Grid, but I have to tell you, being conscious of the five aspects he identifies necessary for every scene, act

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My Three Novels and the SMU Writer’s Path Program

In March of 2014 I began doing something I’d only tried once before–to write a novel. I spent several months buying up whatever book I could find that offered advice on how to write the perfect novel. It was not until July that year that a successfully published author who was actually a client of

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