There comes a time in every day you just have to say, "I'm finished."

Research means I'm curious for curious' sake.


For those of you with samhainophobia, today is your day. Everyone be safe tonight! Happy #Halloween!

Struggling between first person and third person. It's near given me paralysis. You writers know what I'm talking about.

Fifty short story manuscripts read. About one-hundred left to go. #anthology

A #writer knows when he/she is in "the #zone."

Re watching "The African Queen". Bogart and Hepburn are such good #actors. James Agee and John Huston did a great job with the #script #adaptation / #screenplay. And, of course, Huston always delivers as a #director.

Clay Stafford is with Phyllis Gobbell and Clay Stafford.
October 14

Phyllis Gobbell and Gerald Duff shared the secrets of "Plotting the Perfect Mystery" today at the Southern Festival of Books. I was honored to lead the discussion.

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A picture Truman Capote took of Harper Lee. This is from the days when #literary giants roamed the land. 😏

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I had a wonderful interview with Melissa Hart for "The Writer Magazine" talking about Killer Nashville. The interview will appear in the February 2018 issue.

A new word for me: bildungsroman. Means a novel dealing with one person's formative years or spiritual education.

Currently #reading "Twenty #Stories" by Stephen Crane


Considering #education is the key to most problems, this is a bit disheartening.

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#AmReading a little Thomas Mann tonight: "Stories from Three Decades"

How important do you view your foreign language rights? How many have sold foreign language rights, and what was your experience?

I still read manuscripts like a college professor: A, B, C, D, F. I'll even throw in a + or -. Some habits are hard to kill off, I guess.

Today's activity: reading through the short story slush pile. #amediting