Brr, Shiver, Brr…

Newsletter 005, 12-24-2021 Hi — (About the image above) I took this picture while Minay and I were walking through my mom’s neighborhood on Martha’s Vineyard in late-December 2000. She and her husband, Bill Sen, had moved there a few years before. We normally visited her there in the summer, so this let us see …

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Oh, No! Not Research…

Newsletter 004 – December 10, 2021 Hi — (About the image above) This was taken inside the Grove Arcade in Asheville, North Carolina. It was the first indoor shopping mall built in the city, in 1929. It has been thoroughly remodeled and modernized. Minay and I were in the city to visit my friend, Jerry …

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I Can See for Miles and Miles…

Grand Canyon, AZ, 2003

Newsletter 003, November 26, 2021 Hi — (About the image** above) By the beginning of November 2003 I had already written a scene involving a character named Billie Crowder. The scene was set in a courtroom, but not in any particular time or place.  In the middle of the month I traveled to Arizona to …

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So Excited I Teared Up…

Newsletter 002, November 12, 2021 Hi — (About the image above) I love music, and growing up in the 1960’s the Beatles were a favorite of mine (they still are). When my wife and I went on a vacation to the UK in 2010, I naturally had to go to Abbey Road, walk the crosswalk …

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I Called This Meeting Because…

001 San Diego Portfolio Group, 2004

[This is the first of a series of newsletters I’m sending to my mailing list. The date below was the date it was sent out. I’ll archive them here on the blog a week after they are delivered to my subscribers.] Newsletter 001, October 22, 2021 Hi— About the image above: In the late 1990’s, …

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On Hiatus

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

This is just to let everyone know that (aside from a quick update now and then) I won’t be posting anything here for a few months. I’ll be doing final preparations for If a Butterfly through all of October, and it will likely be released in late-November or early December. Michael Standard Disclaimer: Please post …

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Coffee Addendum

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

On June 25th I posted “Coffee and the Writer,” a few observations about my penchant for having a warm beverage nearby while I write. A few days ago I ran across a note I emailed to myself from Baltimore in November 2002. It was about a coffee incident I encountered at SC2002 (the Supercomputing Conference …

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Transcribing Interviews — A Question

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

I often record interviews with people when I’m researching a book, and I’ve noticed that very few people speak without using “fillers” in their sentences. (things like “um,” “uh,” “like,” “you know,” and repeated words). They often appear in speech as a way for speakers to slow their speech long enough to come up with …

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Coffee and the Writer

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

Let me preface this by saying I usually drink between 60 and 80 ounces of coffee every day. I’ll explain (further down the page) why that might not be as much at it seems. I’m not going to spend any time on the history of coffee and/or its connection to writers. Just Google “coffee and …

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Left-Handed and Like It

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

Throughout the centuries, left-handers have been maligned, and often forced into right-handedness (especially as concerns, but not limited to, their handwriting). I’m left-handed, and at a very early age I became convinced that the deck was stacked against me. When we were first learning to write cursive in school, my teacher tried to make me …

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