The Nine Weird Writing Habits of Really Intense Writers. I found this video by author Jenna Moreci. Jenna is a young vivacious woman (and writer) who pokes fun at all of us writers. LANGUAGE WARNING: Jenna utters some naughty words, but she uses them in the right context and with great flair. I’ve outlined her Nine Weird Habits of Intense Writers below. You can watch the video at the bottom. Weird Habit #1 – Hygiene is… Optio...

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Here is an interview with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. Many of his successful novels have been turned into successful movies. It’s interesting to hear a writer who has a lot of writing and a lot of commercial success under his belt talk about his experience. Like many of the other best selling authors I’ve heard speak about joining Hollywood, Sparks almost divorces himself from the process. He seems to have the ability to st...

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I’ve been a HUGE fan of Eckhart Tolle’s ever since the release of his first book The Power of Now. On nearly every page I’ve underlined sentences, I’ve highlighted those same sentences, I’ve starred the paragraphs those sentences are in. I couldn’t get enough of that book. It’s that deep. It’s one of the few books I’ve read that’s not only worth reading twice, but many times over. I s...

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I’ve read Paulo Cohelo’s best selling book, The Alchemist, countless times. It’s a story about a boy who finds a way to fund his pilgrimage and journey to see the pyramids of Egypt. Of course, there are many twists, turns and obstacles along the way. He even finds the proverbial treasure chest full of gold and in the most surprising, unlikely and ironic of places. It’s a spectacular book filled with Life wisdom. There i...

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Bestselling author Rick Riordan offers new writers 3 tips to kick their writing career into high gear. Riordan is best known for his first book in a series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians. In the video below, Riordan talks to a representative from Adolescent Literacy.  Adolescent Literacy is a a national non-profit organization helping parents and teachers of struggling teenaged readers and writers. Adolescent Literacy is an offshoot of the...

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In the video below, author Kurt Vonnegut, talks to an audience about storytelling. In very plain and simple terms (while writing on a chalkboard) he shows us the not-so-easy art of storytelling. The video looks to be from the 1970s, however, the information is relevant today. In fact, Vonnegut speaks to the story outline that EVERY SINGLE STORY since the BEGINNING of TIME has ever used. It’s true that storytelling is the most ancient for...

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Lee Child and Stephen King talk mostly about Child’s Jack Reacher series. Lee Child is thrilled people are rooting for his character Jack Reacher. So, he says he will continue to write the series based on the character instead of journeying forth with a completely new stand alone novel. Child is generous enough to mention one of Stephen King’s new books Mr. Mercedes. It’s the first in a trilogy of King’s Bill HodgesR...

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Two of the biggest selling fiction authors on the planet, Stephen King and John Grisham talk about writing and the publishing industry in the video below. They offer priceless tidbits about publishing their own books and licensing their books for movie rights. They even talk about the massive changes within the publishing industry, digitalization of books and how they sell fewer and fewer books each year. The authors speak in front of a large ...

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Renown international bestselling author Salman Rushdie spoke at the University of Virginia’s Humanities Festival on September 18. It was a sold-out show with the line up snaking around the theater and down the block. Click title to continue reading…

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6 Crazy Things We Know About Donald Trump Thanks To Marla Maples (VIDEO)
Rants / December 21, 2016

It’s been 15 years since Marla Maples and Donald Trump divorced. After years of threatening to run for president, Donald Trump has now clinched the position of our president-elect. Crazy Thing #1 – As Long As He’s Famous, Your Association With Him Will Make You Famous As soon as he jumped in, Maples was bombarded with questions about her ex-husband and his decision to run. In March of this year, Marla Maples told Us Weekl...

The Nine Weird Writing Habits of Really Intense Writers (VIDEO)
Author Videos / December 20, 2016

The Nine Weird Writing Habits of Really Intense Writers. I found this video by author Jenna Moreci. Jenna is a young vivacious woman (and writer) who pokes fun at all of us writers. LANGUAGE WARNING: Jenna utters some naughty words, but she uses them in the right context and with great flair. I’ve outlined her Nine Weird Habits of Intense Writers below. You can watch the video at the bottom. Weird Habit #1 – Hygiene is...

The Four Horsemen of Trump’s Coming Apocalypse (VIDEO)
Rants / December 18, 2016

The Four Horsemen of Trump’s Coming Apocalypse Sometimes I like to watch The Young Turks. It’s a political commentary and purely online based TV show. The host is Cenk Uygur. The first episode launched on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2002. Isn’t that sweet? At the time, it was billed as the very first video news show on the Internet. Although Uygur is Turkish, the show’s title is not a reference to his n...

What Donald Trump Can Learn From Sarah Palin (VIDEO)
Rants / December 17, 2016

Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or anything in between and you were around during the 2008 presidential election, you’ll remember when John McCain named Sarah Palin as his VP running mate. I’m no Republican, but I was just as energized about the choice as any GOP supporter was at the time. Here was this young woman in her 40s, a very attractive, outdoorsy Governor of Alaska with a large family. Not only had Sa...

Think You Know Why The Electoral College Exists? – You’re Wrong (VIDEO)
Rants / December 17, 2016

Think You Know Why The Electoral College Exists? – You’re Wrong If you’re anything like millions of Americans, you thought the Electoral College was created to even out the disparity in population between the coasts and rural areas during political campaigns. It turns out we were wrong. In fact, we weren’t even close. The Electoral College was in fact created for the exact situation we find ourselves in now. W...

Obama Forges His Legacy Overseas As Trump Sets Up A Chaotic Cabinet (VIDEO)
Rants / December 8, 2016

Obama Forges His Legacy Overseas As Trump Sets Up A Chaotic Cabinet Man, I’m gonna miss this guy… President Obama is in the last months of his presidency. He’s taking this time to cement his legacy throughout the world. By all accounts, Obama’s presidency has been scandal free. Certainly no personal dramas. Even his policies have not been controversial so much as (perhaps) incomplete, which Congress is partial...

Trump And The Collective Pain-Body – Can We Make It Go Away Now?
Rants / December 7, 2016

It’s about a month since the Orange Menace took the White House. I, like many, am still stunned and in shock. There has to be a reason for this. Right? That’s what I’m asking myself anyway. This is the question I often ask when I don’t know how the hell a cruise ship has crashed into the roof of my house. Enter Eckhart Tolle Those of you familiar with Eckhart Tolle you will understand the term ‘pain-body.’ The pain-...

Organize Your Research The Old Fashioned Way – With A Big Ass Binder
Rants / November 25, 2016

Organize Your Research The Old Fashioned Way – With A Big Ass Binder Author Scott Sigler offers a great tip to organize your research documents you need for your novel. He suggests printing out the pages and organizing them into ‘a big ass binder.’ His words not mine. The only real down side here is the ink cost for your printer. Other than that it’s the system I use… mostly. It can be annoying to open f...

Fat Tony Salerno, Donald Trump And Mob Connections
Rants / November 16, 2016

David Cay Johnston of Politico and Wayne Barret, author of Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, are two investigative reporters who’ve been studying Donald Trump’s business dealings off and on for the last 27 years. They say, without a doubt, there is much evidence to connect Fat Tony Salerno, Donald Trump, and mob connections. Living in New York City I’ve lived in the NYC area for nearly 15 years. I can promise you t...

These AMAZING Female Military Pilots (WASP) Finally Get Rewarded (VIDEO)
Rants / November 14, 2016

In WWII there was a little known, and little talked about group of women who helped the military do its job. They were known as The Women Air Service Pilots (WASP). What is a shame, and a blight on record keepers of American history is the fact that the WASP documents were sealed, stamped classified, and unavailable to WWII historians. Too Humble Unlike other stories from the war, the WASP stories were rarely talked about or reported...

#NOTMYPRESIDENT – Cringing at the Thought of a Trump Presidency? – There’s Still Hope
Rants / November 12, 2016

Trump is #NOTMYPRESIDENT Every name on a petition counts. Every vote counts. 2016 is not a year for apathy. Being political aware and active is now a cultural necessity. Have your voice heard and sign one or all of the petitions on this page. Thank you for participating. If he’s not yours either, sign this petition to urge the electors of the Electoral College to consider casting their vote for anyone but Trump. Have your voice...

Congress Has Immediate Second Thoughts Over JASTA (VIDEO)
Rants / October 24, 2016

Congress Has Immediate Second Thoughts Over JASTA (VIDEO) The JASTA bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) may have negative consequences which put U.S. service members overseas, at risk legally. The JASTA bill allows victims to sue foreign government bodies or individuals of terrorism for attacks on U.S. soil. Congress over rode the president’s veto with an overwhelming majority. However, just 24 hours ...

The Face Of Viral Fame: The Man In The Red Sweater (VIDEO)
Rants / October 19, 2016

The Face Of Viral Fame: Ken Bone – The Man In The Red Sweater  (VIDEO) Watching the second presidential debate it became clear there is no love loss between these two candidates. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were asked to answer the same questions from audience members. One of them made the asker an instant viral sensation. Ken Bone’s question was: “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at th...