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Vizcaya Estate – Exploring Miami

September 20, 2019 6:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Vizcaya Estate lies at the northern end of Coconut Grove. It sits pretty on Biscayne Bay. The principal building is a Venetian-style villa. The structures dotting the estate follow architectural suit. The formal gardens are an Italian Renaissance landscaper’s dream. Construction began in 1914 and continued until the completion of... read more

Heather Graham

Heather Graham – Write What You Know

September 17, 2019 6:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Heather Graham is a highly successful New York Times bestselling author of over 200 novels and novellas. Her work crosses many genres: romance, thriller, mystery, horror, paranormal. She lives in Miami and was the guest speaker at the Florida Romance Writers monthly meeting this past Saturday. She spoke from a... read more

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Coconut Grove – Exploring Miami

September 13, 2019 7:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: View of Biscayne Bay from the fifth-floor restaurant/bar of the Mr. C hotel, Coconut Grove, looking east. In the distance is Key Biscayne. I am loving being in Miami for the academic year and teaching at Florida International University. After spending two weeks in Brickell, I decided to... read more

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Hotness: It’s Currently a Thing

September 10, 2019 6:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hotness. It’s currently a thing in romance novels. Has been for a while. So what I’m saying here isn’t new. It’s rather that the story I’m reading at the moment has prompted some thinking. Hotness: No Escalation I’m talking about stories that start: Boom. First page. Sometimes the first paragraph.... read more

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Character Motivation v. Goals v. Obstacles

September 3, 2019 6:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the most basic aspects of any story is character motivation. In any given scene. Throughout the story. Character Motivation Character motivation is based on needs. The title image offers the possibilities. Psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed this five-tier pyramid in 1943 in a paper entitled “A Theory of Human... read more

Brickell

Brickell – Welcome to Miami!

August 30, 2019 6:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

My first week of teaching at Florida International University just ended. Now to explore my Miami neighborhood: Brickell. I chose to hang out here for a couple of weeks. You know, fancy Miami. While I find a more permanent place to live for the semester. I had expected a more... read more