Monthly Archives: June 2015

Unsinkable: The remarkable story of Violet Jessop and John Priest

People who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 were a select fraternity. After all, there were only a few hundred of them. But how many had the experience twice? As far as we know, there were only two: … Continue reading

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Maryland gets it right on sales tax for book sales- (Yes, you read that correctly)

Some time ago, I wrote a post called The Taxman Commeth about the onerous requirements of the New Jersey taxation folks when I wanted to sell some books at a talk I was giving in that state and ¬†asked how … Continue reading

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Adding (or subtracting) cats from your story

More than one writer has resorted to adding a cat character to spice up a story. Well, if one cat is good, why not several hundred? Here is a (supposedly) true story that features all the cats you could ask … Continue reading

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Why writing is like sex

In a way, writing is like sex; there are a lot more people talking about it than actually doing it. I once had a job where I dealt with various architects on building projects. One of the architects was known … Continue reading

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