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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle: Pretty in Pink

April 16, 2019 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I arrived in the Osaka area of Japan (specifically: Nishinomiya) late Thursday evening. The first thing we did on Friday was to travel west for an outing at Himeji Castle (hime = ‘princess’ + ji ‘road’). It’s the only original castle – do I have this right? – in Japan... read more

compelling openings

Compelling Openings: A How To

March 22, 2019 7:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A beginning writer recently asked me how to create compelling openings, thus prompting this blog. I have chosen to explain what I did to write Chapter One of John Carter’s Conundrum. I chose it because my editor noted at the end of the first chapter: “You’re writing to all your... read more