Tag: Writing

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Don’t Do Novels

 

I write professionally. I have over twenty published books and nearly one thousand pieces printed in magazines, newspapers and online sites (counting only online stuff I have been paid to write). I can write fiction. I even have perhaps four short stories published. I think my fiction is not half-bad. (Read The Cards and tell me if you agree.) But I do not write novels. All my published books are non-fiction. All my planned books are non-fiction.

It is not that I am opposed to writing novels. I have the outline of three series of novels drafted. Not three novels – three novel series. (A set of mysteries set in East Texas, a series about an Age of Fighting Sail naval officer, a la Horatio Hornblower or Jack Aubrey, and a series rooted in Arthurian legend – ending in 1940.) Plot outlines, lists of characters, scenes.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How to Become a Conservative Author: Marjory Ross, President at Regnery Publishing

 

Marji Ross, Regnery PublishingWhat do William F. Buckley, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Dinesh D’Souza, Sen. Mike Lee, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, Mark Steyn, Michelle Malkin, and David Limbaugh all have in common? They, along with dozens of other best-selling authors, are all published by Regnery Publishing. Marji Ross shares with Ricochet how to become an author and have the best chance of becoming published in the hyper-competitive conservative literary space.

Marjory Grant Ross (Marji) has been President and Publisher of Regnery Publishing since 2003. She currently serves on the boards of the National Conservative Campaign Fund, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and the Beth Chai Congregation. In February 2005, she was named the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s Woman of the Year.

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You roll your eyes anytime you see Comic Sans. Your search history includes details on weapons systems, etymology, and pages from thesaurus.com. More

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I’ve noticed a lot of Ricochetti are writers. I offer this safety tip, which I have recently learned. Yes, I write in my spare time. Who doesn’t? When doing internet research for a book, DO NOT leave a provocative screen on your computer, where a family member (i.e. wifey) might wander by and see what’s […]

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert Heinlein More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On Being Over 40 okay 50 I mean 60

 

Today’s topic is “Getting Older.” Not that I am or anything. Age cannot wither me, nor custom stale my infinite variety. I have many ways of staying engaged.

For instance, recently I went to a department store to treat myself to some shopping. This usually puts me in a good mood. But that day, I made the mistake of stopping at a cosmetics counter manned by a young woman wearing way too much eye makeup. I swear that girl was wearing every product they make, all at the same time. Her eyes looked like two tarantulas.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fashion and Its Healing Power

 

There are those who think fashion is frivolous or silly, but I know better. Only a couple of people on Ricochet know this, but I was sick last year. On May 20, 2016, my friend and neighbor threw me into the car and rushed me to the ER when I had a severe attack of abdominal pain. She knew I’d been having these for months because I’d missed parties and dinners, and this time she said, “Okay that’s it! We’re going to the ER.” I made her wait while I took a bath, washed my hair, shaved my legs, dried my hair, and put on makeup and an outfit. My reasoning was that if I showed up looking the way I was, they wouldn’t even try to save me.

When I got to the ER, they did a CT scan. A doctor came into the room and said, “We found a mass in your abdomen. You have cancer. We’re operating right now.” I barely had time to absorb this dire diagnosis because they knocked me out. Lucky for him, because I was about to give him a piece of my mind on the topic of bedside manner. I mean he wasn’t exactly DocJay.

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Well it’s April Fool’s Day once again. So don’t trust anyone or believe anything anyone says to you. Just like every other day. This is the place to post all the terrible pranks you’ve pulled on your unsuspecting loved ones on April Fool’s Day! More

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April is a new month, so that means a new chance for you to post a Quote of the Day! You were impressive in March, and I thank all of you. More

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Class, today’s quotes are on the topic of wine. I’m not a very good drinker myself, I mean I get drunk after a few sips of any kind of alcohol. Okay I’m a cheap date. But I’ve always liked the idea of wine. It seems so elegant. I worked at Air France for 11 years […]

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I have been regrettably absent from Ricochet for much of the past year, save for a post or two. While I still stay abreast of the happenings back home, it’s been a nice sabbatical having removed myself from the current political discussions. Since Spring of 2016, I have been living and working in northern Iraq; initially […]

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Our Quote of the Day series for March still has many open dates! Lucky you because you can still sign up. All you have to do is tell us a favorite quotation and what it means to you, or how it applies to our lives or the current political situation, it’s up to you. The […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Music, Milo, and Pin-Ups of the Heart

 

Conservatives are not exhibitionists. But real Americans value real-life experience. Which means, if you write, putting your real life on display. I was thinking this as I read @therightnurse’s recent, very frank post on fibromyalgia, written with a kind of directness I’m quite honestly not brave enough to attempt in front of a full audience.

Like many children with a musical ear, I used to improvise at the piano a lot. The impromptus weren’t technically brilliant – I was (and still am) clumsy at the keyboard – but you could always tell a piano what you really thought, and it wouldn’t judge you. Instead, it would make music for you, music which could be judged, if there was anyone around to judge it (and often there was not), for itself alone. Some found the music beautiful, some found it annoying, but in either case, the music could be valued for itself rather than for the experience of the one who made it. For a shy child, that was mostly an asset.

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The battleship Texas is one of my favorite things. I love visiting it, I love its history, and I love exploring it. I recently wrote a book about the Battleship Texas. It was released in September. As a result I get to do book signings.  More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. December Group Writing: My Favorite Things – Writing

 

Everyone has to be good at something. If you are lucky, you like what you are good at.

Some of My Published Books

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For those of you who are grammarians who are wincing at my title: step back! I’m not writing this OP for you anyway! Periodically those of us who have been hanging around here for a while decide to write a piece for those Ricochettis who are new or who are shy about posting. I know many […]

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This month’s topic is a rough one, and maybe that’s part of why not so many people have signed up for the early days of December. Well, someone has to go first, so I stepped forward. It’s because going forward is one of my favorite things. I was born in a city with unusual bridges. […]

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