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Sunday, November 20, 2022

For writers and readers

cj Sez: Writers live and writhe on reviews. We want them, solicit them, need them, and thank you for giving them.

  But this note from one of my author friends puts them into perspective:

“You have officially arrived when someone makes a Goodreads account JUST to one-star your book that isn't even out yet. Ha! Do watch for the trolls, ladies. They are everywhere.”

  The moral is: Take your reviews with a grain of salt


Why it’s good to read anthologies

   Question: When you’re reading a story that drags you deep into the plot, do you wonder how the author could have imagined all those twists and turns? I do because I know personally that writing a coherent story is a difficult and exacting task, and I get a ton of inspiration by reading. In fact, a writer has to be a reader, especially in the genre they write.
  Because I also like to read the works of different authors in multiple genres, I find reading anthologies filled with short stories appealing for many reasons, but the top three are:

1) they don’t require a singular lengthy commitment;
2) they provide a lot of variety; and
3) they often introduce me to a new favorite author.

  I say three cheers for anthologies and their short stories! (Try it, you’ll like it.)


  Participating in NaNoWriMo?

  I’m rooting for you …

  This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard. — Neil Gaiman


My non-publishing victory . . .

  Tis the giving season, and I joined a group of police officers and Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni on Saturday morning to help decorate a Giving Tree in front of the Mobile Police Department headquarters. 

  And as the picture can attest, it was a cold morning, and I'm wearing a down coat over a wool shirt. 

  It’s the second annual event hosted by the MPD Victim Services unit to acknowledge victims of crime and families served by the Mobile Police Department. 

  Of course, the absolute prettiest ornaments were the ones hand decorated by school children.

  The Giving Tree lighting ceremony takes place Monday, November 21.


Speaking of anthologies . . . but I repeat myself:

Ebooks are available for 99 cents at the time of this post.

   Books are the kind of gifts that keep on giving, don’t you know, and each of these anthologies is a two-fer—you get wonderful stories to read and part of the proceeds will go to benefit a worthwhile charity. (Note: I have a short story in each anthology.)

  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. 

  Sending my warmest and best wishes for your Happy Thanksgiving celebrations. 


  No inflation here: THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA, my fast-paced, exciting suspense/thriller ebooks, are now low-, low-priced at $2.99.

P.S.  The Haunted Book Shop has signed paperback copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER, contact The Haunted Bookshop here:  

Happy reading!

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