To Kindle or to hold

Monday, March 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Looking back at my recent sales, more of my books are sold through Kindle sales than paperback. Who knew? The leaps and bigger leaps technology is experiencing! How much more can a phone do? And now reading a book you download from a website onto your gadget? Faulkner would freak!! For me, I like holding. […]

Categories: Overview of the Book and Me

I need a quick read and who’s Hemingway?

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm

As luck would have it, my oldest needed “a quick read” for a language arts requirement before spring break. I went to my now less-than-complete (because I lost every book I owned in Hurricane Ivan) bookcase and grabbed a thin one – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. “Here,” I said. “It’s […]

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The Red Badge of Courage and other bargains

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

To write, you have to read. No writer has ever lived in a vacuum of wordlessness. And most writers are prolific readers. One of my favorite hangouts in my childhood home was a tiny library nestled just down the hall from my bedroom. It must have been five feet by ten, just enough room for […]

Categories: Overview of the Book and Me

It’s not just talent on the basketball court

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm

If you look at the NCAA tournament start, you know that nothing is ever a given. As I said in a previous blog, any dog, any day. That’s how I see my opponents on the tennis court, my boys’ opponents on the baseball field, and my future in your local bookstore. It’s not always talent […]

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Reviews and reflections

Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:55 am

I saw a new review of my book on Amazon today. Although I appreciate every five-star review, what I loved most was her declaration that my book was not cliched. I hate ordinary. The worst thing anyone could say to me is that I’m boring or my writing stale. After all, the book is a […]

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Any dog, any day

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 6:40 am

Although the sport is played everywhere, including the Far East, baseball has the feel of a Southern sport to me. This past weekend, I helped organize a tournament for my sons’ teams, and although the weekend was a successful fundraiser, our teams did not fare so well. I have a saying, “any dog, any day,” […]

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Growing up south

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 7:30 am

I had shoes, but I didn’t often wear them, especially in the summer. Living on a stretch of bay beach, there was little need. But at a young age, I realized how calloused and tough they were when I realized I had just walked across a smoldering fire where dad was burning some leaves. I […]

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Storytellers and game changers

Monday, March 8, 2010 at 7:57 am

Love her or hate her, Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award for best actress for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. That movie shows us a great story about kindness, triumph and faith. In our own lives, we have stories, too. Most of them not as meaningful as changing someone’s life […]

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Funerals on the force

Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 7:28 am

Of the funerals I’ve attended, one is most memorable: the service for a fellow police academy grad who was killed in a car accident off duty. Police funerals are full of strangers. Officers from neighboring counties, cities and sometimes states make the trek to honor one of their own. That was the case this spring […]

Categories: On the Job

I am a streetwalker

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 7:03 am

It’s true. I walk. And I walk on streets. Ergo, I am a streetwalker. We have to be careful with our words. What means one thing to me is another to you. When I wrote Cold Case in Ellyson, I began the book by painting a picture for those of you who know little of […]

Categories: Overview of the Book and Me