Tag Archives: opinion

Funerals

Historically, I don’t attend funerals. It’s not because I’m without compassion for those who have suffered a loss; far from it.  But I believe that grief is a very personal thing.  I don’t believe that I should have to be … Continue reading

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Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

Someone who knows that I have published a non-fiction work asked me why I prefer to write fiction. My answer was simple.  “When I write non-fiction, I’m writing FACT.  When I write fiction, I’m writing TRUTH.”  Fiction gives me the … Continue reading

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The United States of America (b. 1776, d. 1865)

July 1, 2016 is the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, PA, the high water mark of the Confederacy. After this battle, the War Between the States raged for another two years, but the South never regained the success … Continue reading

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I Have Had Enough of Self-Appointed Know-It-Alls

I started as an author writing non-fiction, and I changed to writing novels later. Why? Because writing non-fiction has challenges that novelists rarely encounter – “know-it-alls.” My non-fiction book, “Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors,” is based on over 20 years’ experience … Continue reading

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You Must Have an Agent, And Other Myths about Publishing

For years, I thought that the only way to get published was to be represented by a literary agent.  The publishing industry perpetuates this myth – just look at how much Writer’s Digest talks about finding and keeping agents if … Continue reading

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The Courage to be Unpopular

It is sad that my generation, and the ones that followed, are so hyper-concerned about conformance to the current fickle, fashionable, popular thought that anyone who stands up for what’s right, for what’s true, for what’s proper, for what’s unpopular, is … Continue reading

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By What Right?

Honestly, when did having a different opinion or belief become synonymous with being evil or despicable?  In the past week I’ve been called a loser, a homophobe, a racist, a hillbilly, a nazi, a redneck, an uneducated fool, a backward-brained … Continue reading

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