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

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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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Over in Saint Augustine’s Star Wars vs. Star Trek thread, the subject of genres and their relations came up. My contention is that the world of writing genres is a soap opera where everyone is hooking up with everyone else and that they are having all of these children, either legitimate or not, making genres […]

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In a couple of months, I’ll be celebrating my four-year anniversary of being a member of Ricochet. That put me in mind of what I did for my first post. I discovered, to my delight, that all the old content is available. I joined on December 20, 2012, and wrote my first post on December […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter More

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A couple of years ago my wife self-published a book. It did well enough that we decided to pay to have it professionally published in a second, expanded edition. We’re gearing up for a re-launch and before I start dropping $5000 checks for media-packages and publicists I was wondering if you could help a guy […]

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. VICTORY EDITION Yes, folks. It’s done. Finished. DELIVERED. Whoop, whoop, whoop, WHOOP. I have sent everything […]

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. Allatoona Pass, showing the site of the Battle of Allatoona More

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. Japanese Fleet Battling Russian Fleet at the Battle of the Yellow Sea More

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. Private William P. Haberlin, Battery B, Pennsylvania Light Artillery – Killed at Nashville on […]

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The last update is here. The Battle of Franklin – The Real Battle Was Not Nearly As Organized. […]

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The last update is here. The Battle of Allatoona Pass More

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As part of the share your expertise group writing series, I am writing a four-part series on critiquing: Perspectives, Preparing, Critiquing, and Receiving. This is the fourth and final part of that series. Accepting Criticism Gladly The first step in a critique is to find your reviewers/critics who are willing to help you. The second […]

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As part of the share your expertise group writing series, I am writing a four-part series on critiquing: Perspectives, Preparing, Critiquing, and Receiving. This is the third part of that series. The final installment will be tomorrow (09 AUG). First, let’s discuss types of feedback one can give in a critique, and then we’ll look […]

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As part of the share your expertise group writing series, I am going to do a four-part series on critiquing: Perspectives, Preparing, Critiquing, and Receiving. This is the second part of that series. The others will follow Monday (08 AUG) and Tuesday (09 AUG). Before Outside Critiques If it is possible for you, try to […]

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I am an artist. I have worked in many media, including visual arts, spoken word, music and songwriting, and written word. I am also a critic. Critic is often used as a bad word, but there are two types of critics: during-creation-process and after-the-fact. I have written a few articles on works of art after […]

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The last update is here. (Yeah – everyone else seems to have stopped posting progress, but I am stubborn.) […]

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shutterstock_110330690Sometimes, the most thorough way to learn something is by first learning every way not to do it. I have written several books, two of which can still be found here and here. But before my first book was finished, I was writing books for more than two decades. That’s right, more than 20 years to just finish a book. The time was not all in the first book I finished; of course, it was in all the books I never finished writing. So, today, I shall share my expertise on ways to not write a book.

1. Slow Writing the Near Future—My first method for not writing a book was to choose to write a science-fiction novel set in the near future. I was employed in a consulting job that took a lot of time, and I didn’t have much time for hobby writing. Before I had 50 pages written, I had to move the book back 12 years, because the near future had caught up with me. Even after moving it back 12 years, it would have been set in 2012, and I still haven’t finished it. Later, I just incorporated many of the ideas, themes, and plot elements into a totally different book.

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