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2018 Self-Publishing Expo in Tucson, AZ

It has been a long time. Unfortunately, I had issues with my website. I’m proud to say they are fixed, and soon, I will be revamping my website so it’s more user friendly. That will be coming shortly, as well as my new book. I will continue putting clichés throughout...

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Fictional Framework

I will continue on with what I learned when Michael M. Alvarez spoke on Nov. 6th, at the Joyner/Green Valley. First, Last Clichés: Red Herring— A false or deliberately misleading trail; a diversionary tactic. Dates from 1800s. Comes from the use of strong-smelling...

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Mystery vs. Thriller/Suspense Novels

Went to listen to a great speaker on Mysteries vs. Thriller/Suspense Novels First, let’s do Last Clichés: Par for the Course—Just about typical or average. Believe it or not, this term comes from golf. Par means the number of strokes set as a standard for a particular...

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How Many Blogs Do you Follow?

First let’s do last clichés: To Put my Food Down—To take a firm position. This refers to putting one or both feet in a fixed position, which represents a firm stand. Versions of this exist from the 16th century on. It became current in 19th century. See the OED cites...

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How Much Time Do You Devote to Writing?

To Fill the bill—to suit a purpose, to satisfy requirements. This originally came from 19th century American stage. The poster announced a program, listing star attractions and then added lesser-known entertainers to complete the show (or fill out the bill). By mid-century, the term had been transferred to other areas—it acquired a primary sense of providing what was needed. Harper’s Magazine in 1890: “they filled the bill according to their lights.”

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Speaking about how, why, what you Write

On Monday, September 11, 2017, I spoke to a group of church ladies at a luncheon about my writing. But first,... Last Clichés: Quiet as a Mouse—Means subdued or hushed. This dates from the 16th century and probably refers to the behavior o a mouse that stops dead in...

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Back to Blogging

Sorry I've been away, but now I have my blog site reset and back in business.   Last Clichés: Drum (something) into one’s Head—To force an idea on someone by means of persistent repetition. This has been used since the early 19th century. It’s compared to...

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E-Book Publishing

Happy Thanksgiving! More about the self-publishing, but First: Last Clichés: Hit the Spot—To satisfy or please extremely well. This American slang dates from the mid-19th century. It was widely popularized through a commercial jingle heard on the radio in the 1930s...

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