August 21, 2020

I know how impatient writers can be to get their book published. I made that mistake myself in 1994 and ended up with 250 books I couldn’t give away except to family and relatives. I have two left as reminders. 

There are many “publishers” who will charge you for editi...

January 2, 2020


With the end of one decade and the approach of a new one, I'm looking back at my last decade of writing, by far, my most successful. Looking further...

May 26, 2019

I've read most of these books at least twice. The poetry collections I like to dip into.

Rabbit, Run                            John Updike

The Sun Also Rises                  Hemingway...

April 10, 2019

Even though I don't write every day, I'm always thinking about the pieces I’m working on.  I have a box full of pieces that need revision or are partially completed. The box is nearly full.  Also lots of notes. I’ve found setting goals to be helpful. Depending on what...

March 11, 2019

I wrote this piece right after I moved to Providence, RI in the early seventies. The beginning and end are missing. Why I called it BLACK SWAN escapes me. Not only was this my first submission it was also my first rejection--a rejection that really hurt. I got good and...

March 9, 2019

Of the things a blog does it to humanize the blogger/author. For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in butterflies. That interest has taken me to Hong Kong, main land China, Nan Ao Island, and to the British Virgin Islands to study the biodiversity of butte...

March 6, 2019

Over million self-published titles were published in 2018. According to a report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker that number was up more than 28% from 2017. I wonder how many of those authors really know the craft of writing. Most writers want to publish, publish publis...

March 4, 2019

Today I received my first ever check from Amazon for books sales in the amount of 20.99. Sales dates for five books from August 2015-March 2017. Nice to get the check but no way to determine which titles sold. Didn't seem to be any way to find out. Not a good thing. Th...

February 24, 2019

I moved to Rhode Island in the early seventies and had pieces published in each of the three Providence literary journals. A poem in “Aldabaran,” a short story in “The Providence Review,” and a flash fiction piece in “Anyart.” The short story and flash fiction pieces w...

February 22, 2019

In college I won the Robert Frost Poetry Medal and received a copy of Robert Lowell's "For the Union Dead." The medal has since been lost as have the poems.

When I moved to New York City after graduation I had the good fortune to find a very small one room apartmen...

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