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About admin

I'm a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and the author of three mystery-suspense novels: "Fast Track," "Bluff," and "Troubled Water." Book four in the Lark Chadwick mystery series, "Bullet in the Chamber," will be published October 15, 2016 by Strategic Media Books.

Turning Grief into Love

Came across this passage this morning from the booklet “Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief” by Martha Whitmore Hickman: “….all the time we are struggling with our grief and its meaning, the seeds of a new compassion … Continue reading

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Garbage Day

Garbage Day They’re coming soon to pick up the week’s detritus – Corona bottles, paper plates caked with dried tomato sauce. The usual. I tote a bulging garbage bag down the back stairs And heave it into a stained green … Continue reading

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Dealing with Criticism: Some Suggestions

Writing a manuscript is like living life: We are all works in progress. Continue reading

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Fatal Car/Train Collision Leads to Novel

On the night of December 20, 1959, I was sitting in the left front seat of the Vista-Dome car of the Burlington Zephyr passenger train as it hurtled through northern Illinois on its way from Chicago toward my hometown of … Continue reading

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Hope Can Spring from Tragedy

There’s something personal I’d like to share with you: Several years ago, my sister killed herself. It was the worst day of my life. But hope can spring from tragedy. Dr. Reef Karim, a Los Angeles psychiatrist on the faculty … Continue reading

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You Should Write a Book

Easier said than done. Most writers are motivated to write because of things that have happened to them. And the first instinct is to write it as a non-fiction autobiography because the experiences are so vivid and personally profound. Often, … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Cross-gender Writer

I admit it: I’m a man writing in a woman’s body — a guy who writes in the first person as a female. When my mystery/suspense novel FAST TRACK was first published in hardcover in 2005, one of my male … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Stay Organized While Writing a Novel

Some lessons I’m learning along the writing path: 1. Create a Master Plan Document: This is a living, breathing, evolving document. It contains a Daily Writing Log, plus my plot outline, key pivot points, and a brief summary of each … Continue reading

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