In the old-time twentieth century days of my childhood, branding mostly had to do with livestock. Now it has to do with everything, from the regularly changing labels on consumer goods to the business pursuits of elected officials (shame on them). As a writer in...

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Personal History: Life With Cats

If you visit our home, my website or my Facebook page, you will likely draw the conclusion that I like cats. A lot. It’s always been this way. I don’t know why. Perhaps it was an early act of rebellion. Dad was severely allergic to cats. We couldn’t have one when I...

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Q & A Selfie

I’ve not mastered the art of the cell phone “selfie” but I’m pretty good at interviewing myself. Here’s my “Q & A Selfie.” This is one piece from the media kit I send out when I’m publicizing a new book. If your “Q”s don’t get “A”d in this blog, send your Q via...

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Deciding Stuff is Hard

You heard it here first: deciding stuff is hard. That is, if you don’t know where you’re going. For over a year we’ve been trying to figure out where we want to move. I thought I had it solved when I applied to several MFA Creative Writing programs. Surely one of...

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If At First You Don’t Succeed

How long has it been since you’ve taken a risk and tried something new? For me it was last fall. It came in two parts. First, I took the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); then I applied to four MFA creative writing programs. After months of waiting, I now know none...

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Health Insurance Blues

Can’t shake ‘em, I’ve got the Health Insurance Blues. Just when I thought it was safe to write a blog about writing, current events have revved me up (again) for the federal battle of the week. It’s one more fight that I’m just not in the mood for, yet fight I do....

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