Small Details Make A Difference

Ever overlooked a detail or powered through an exposition paragraph because you thought it didn’t matter?  What about fudging the specifics of a process because you were too lazy to look it up?  How about settling for something approximating the description you really wanted because thinking of the right word was taking too long? Yeah… […]

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How Santorini Adds To Character, Setting, and History

Santorini is easily one of the most beautiful and inspiring places I have ever been.  It’s equally picturesque, full of interesting people (both locals and tourists), and stuffed to bursting with varied things to do. Below are a few things I either did on the island or caught my attention so fully I had to […]

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Athens, Feta Cheese, And Inspiration

Athens is the home of some of the coolest mythology ever created.  Zeus, God of Thunder and Sky, King of the gods of Mount Olympus; Poseidon, Lord of the Oceans; Hades, Ruler of the Underworld; Dionysus (my favorite), God of Wine and Madness; Vacation God, Breaker of MacBooks and other Work Instruments. Wait… what? That’s […]

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Follow Me To Greece

Athens and Santorini have always pulled on my imagination like an insistent child annoying the shit out of his mother (remember when I used to do that mom?).  The islands, the history, the views, the food… maybe running into a Greek god or two. Starting tomorrow, June 16, I’m going to be realizing some of […]

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My 4th Blogaversary – What Blogging Has Taught Me

What can you learn about writing (and about yourself) after four years of blogging? Today, June 8th, 2017, is an important day for me.  Four years ago today I started this blog, Fiction All Day, with a lame an irreverently titled post: Introductions Suck…  The very next day, I followed that pilot post with with […]

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How Fly Fishing Taught Me To Write

Patience.  Calm.  Stillness.  These are all virtues. Unfortunately, they’re also boring as s***. No matter how boring they might seem, though, those virtues embodied the scene I found myself in one Friday just a few weeks ago up in the Rocky Mountains: In early May I flew across the country with a few guys to stay […]

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An April Challenge Victory

Two steps across the finish line and I’m already halfway to my bed for a nap – that’s how I feel after last month’s challenge.  Across April I managed to write more words in a single month than ever before, eat healthy, quit drinking, and be an all around better person (just kidding I’m still a jerk). […]

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Write In Weird Places II – The Metro

Have you ever been so entirely snared by a story idea that everything else immediately takes second place?  I’m not talking about a bolt-of-lightning idea – one of those rabbits that comes out of nowhere and invades your thoughts for a day or a week – I’m talking about something more long term.  A story […]

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April Challenge – Week 3 Recap – Write Slow

It’s hard to believe that there are only 10 days left in April, isn’t it?  Where does the time go?  What have I accomplished?  Why isn’t my book done yet? This week of intense writing has taught me something extremely valuable, something for which I think I’ll be grateful for a long time to come.  […]

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April Challenge – Week 2 Recap – This S*** Is Getting Tough

Happy Saturday, everyone.  Today is April 15, which means we’re halfway through the challenge.  If you missed either of my last two posts, you can find them here and here. The moral of this week was pretty simple and obvious: This s*** is getting a lot harder. Before I get into any of that in […]

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