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Getting Started

September 26, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Facing the blank page Over the weekend, while discussing my blog with a friend, I asked what she would like me to address concerning the writing process. Her reply was immediate: “How do you get started?” She is a commercial real estate agent who often has to write... read more

Writing Op-Eds

September 22, 2017 1:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The op-ed gets its name for being an opinion piece that originally appeared opposite the editorial page. An editorial page editorial is signed by the board, while an opinion piece is signed by an individual. The term is also sometimes thought to be an abbreviation of opinion-editorial.  Athletes before taking... read more

how stories define narrative medicine

Narrative Medicine

September 19, 2017 11:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: MK Czerwiec, aka the Comic Nurse We fiction writers sometimes underestimate the value of our own work – or, at least, I do. I sometimes have to remind myself that we humans understand our world through narratives and that if you can tell a good enough story, you... read more

romance novel cover reveal

Cover Reveal!

September 15, 2017 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This blog is the book cover reveal for one of my favorite new authors, Rose Vane. I’ve read two of her stories in manuscript form, but I haven’t yet read the one she recently sold to Carina Press, A Deep Dark Call. A gloomy manor in nineteenth-century Wallachia (the Romanian... read more

American Sign Language interpreters helping during Hurricane Irma press conferences

American Sign Language

September 13, 2017 9:18 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Florida governor Rick Scott giving updates on Hurricane Irma. Note the sign language interpreter to the left. I’m sitting high and dry in Durham, North Carolina, living in a hotel, feeling a bit like Eloise all the while acknowledging that my hotel ain’t The Plaza. But that’s not... read more

Duke university professor reflects on Confederate monuments

Monument(al) Mistakes

September 5, 2017 10:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University with statue of Benjamin N. Duke Upon my return to Duke last week for the start of classes, I was reminded how much I’ve always loved East Campus with its Georgian architecture. Maybe it’s because I lived there when I was a... read more

India Historical Romance Short Story

The Red Palace IV

September 1, 2017 10:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This is the fourth entry in my latest short story, The Red Palace. Click here to start with Chapter 1, or catch up on Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. Chapter Four In the morning Gita came with another tray of food and a fresh robe. She replaced the old tray on the low table with the new... read more

India Historical Romance Short Story

The Red Palace III

August 29, 2017 10:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This is the third entry in my latest short story, The Red Palace. Click here to start with Chapter 1 or catch up on Chapter 2. Chapter Three Elizabeth was rigid with emotional shock and limbs stiff from immobility. Thus, when Gita came to help her up and to enfold her in... read more

India Historical Romance Short Story

The Red Palace II

August 25, 2017 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The next few blog entries will be the opening chapters of my short story The Red Palace. Click here to catch up on Chapter One.   Chapter Two Badar Ali had enlisted the help of Gita, his old nurse who was like a mother to him, his own having died in... read more