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The Pizza Theory of historical exposition

Too many historical novels, or stories that are set in some other time and place run afoul of what I call the Pizza Theory of Historical Exposition, or simply the Pizza Theory for short. (BTW, please feel free to use … Continue reading

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“What the Hell…” endings

Many readers will say that the purpose of reading a book is the experience of reading, not the ending. Otherwise, why not just skip to the last few pages? It would be like skipping to the last few minutes of … Continue reading

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What’s in a (new) name?

From the beginning, my blog has been called Words of History, and from the beginning, it has been a bit schizophrenic. Some posts were about writing and some were about unusual historical oddities. Since I write books based on real … Continue reading

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Roaring 20s Mysteries brought up to date

People constantly ask….. Well, people sometimes ask…. Well, somebody asked me once…I think; ¬†what’s the deal with your mysteries? How many books are there and are they a serial? Do they feature the same detective? Do they all take place … Continue reading

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Gobsmacking the reader

Someone, in fact several people, have said that there are only a few basic plots in any story; boy meets girl, the quest, the hero’s journey, revenge, etc. So why do people read fiction? One reason is for the surprise; … Continue reading

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Fowl Play on the Chesapeake Bay: Get your ducks in a row…for free!

If you are looking for a children’s book to read to your kids or grandkids (or if you’re just looking for stories without sex or explosions), consider The Duckworth Papers, featuring eight original stories of the most remarkable duck on … Continue reading

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You oughta be in pictures

Many would be authors dream of selling a book to a publisher and selling the movie rights to a big Hollywood producer. Of course, people dream of winning the lottery as well and have about as much chance, because it … Continue reading

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