7 Habits of Effective Writers

In 1989 the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey was published. I am using the idea to apply it to writers. Hence the title, “7 Habits of Effective Writers.” The best place to start is at the beginning. Habit One Start.  You have to put your behind in a seat and… Continue reading 7 Habits of Effective Writers

How To Change The Default Font In Scrivener For Windows

Scrivener I have used Scrivener for over five years. I own Scrivener for Mac and Scrivener for Windows. I love Scrivener. I’m a twenty plus year  IT professional. Scrivener has been a challenge to learn. I have attended several online and courses at writer’s conferences in my quest to master the software. Scrivener’s has many awesome features.  One… Continue reading How To Change The Default Font In Scrivener For Windows

Starbucks, 356 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California

The picture is of the Starbucks at 1356 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 9040. It is one of my all-time favorite locations. I was easily two to three times as old as the core group of local patrons. I used to hang out there after work and write when I worked for a Los… Continue reading Starbucks, 356 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California

Fights on the Little Horn: Unveiling the Myths of Custer’s Last Stand by Gordon Harper

The late Gordon Harper passed away before finishing this comprehensive volume. The writers of both the book’s forward and the chapters regarding “the last stand” make it very clear Mr. Harper’s notes are the source if their writing. It is very apparent that Mr. Harper spent hundreds of hours on the battlefield knowing it intimately.… Continue reading Fights on the Little Horn: Unveiling the Myths of Custer’s Last Stand by Gordon Harper

One Great Source Free Source of Continuing Education for Writers

I attend two or three writer’s conferences a year and have for years. I attend for the continuing education value, fellowship, networking and to pitch my work to agents, editors, and publishers. While attending the recent conference I realized much of the same content I was paying for was available for free in many of… Continue reading One Great Source Free Source of Continuing Education for Writers

Read, Write, Edit, Rewrite, Submit, and Repeat

Summoned to my high school guidance counselor’s office, I learned not everyone thinks being a writer is a good idea.  I still recall the meeting as if it were yesterday. “What are you going to do now that you failed your physical due to bad vision and you can’t use your appointment to the United States… Continue reading Read, Write, Edit, Rewrite, Submit, and Repeat

Starbucks at Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans

Today’s pictures show there’s a little magic brewing at the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Starbucks recently opened a new store in the historic French Quarter. It is inspired by the city’s rich history as a coffee trading port and its unique artistic spirit. The store is the latest… Continue reading Starbucks at Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans

Your Best Friend

Your Best Friend If ever you find yourself being broken apart, Because the one you trusted has broken your heart, And all the time you find yourself crying, While on the inside you feel like you’re dying, Call on me if you feel lonely, Come to me when your life needs to mend, From time… Continue reading Your Best Friend

Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on today for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy. He is the first American to win since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. In a 2013 Op-Ed Essay in the… Continue reading Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

My Story: The First Professional Writing Sale

Today I was sitting back and reflecting on the writer’s life. It got me to thinking. How did I get that first sale? That first book review? The first sale involved learning the system. I attended a Smokey Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference. I wanted to be a writer. I learned some of the basics of… Continue reading My Story: The First Professional Writing Sale