Promises, Promises…

Newsletter 056 – February 9, 2024 Hi, The previous newsletter was about opportunities (like grants and paid residencies), which can be excellent resources for writers (when they are successful), but can also be time-wasters (when they don’t pan out). Anything that wastes a writer’s time isn’t good for their productivity, of course, so it’s important …

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Ends and Beginnings…

Newsletter 054 – January 12, 2024 Hi, If you’ve been following this newsletter for any length of time you will have noticed that 2023 was a year of ups and downs for me. Things didn’t always go as smoothly as I hoped they would. In the newsletter I sent at this time last year, I …

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At Least I…

Newsletter 033 – February 24, 2023 Hi, In the last newsletter I talked about applying for a writing residency in Cove Park, Scotland. I didn’t get it, so I won’t be heading off to the UK this year. I first heard about the residency about a week before the application was due. In my haste …

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Je Ne Regrette Pas…

Newsletter 032 – February 10, 2023 Hi, Back in December I applied for a writer’s residency at Cove Park, Scotland. Cove Park is an international artists residency center located on a 50-acre rural site about twenty miles northwest of Glasgow. I hope to be granted a four-week residency there to work on my novel, The …

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I Need To…

Newsletter 031 – January 27th, 2023  Hi, In the last newsletter I mentioned that I had plans for several things I intend to accomplish this year. In this one I’m just going to list them chronologically (without much explanation), but over the next few newsletters I’ll detail how I plan to complete those things. So, …

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Porcupines Off the Coast…

Michael near Bar Harbor, Maine

Newsletter 021 – August 26th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The prominent island to the right of the tree in the center is Bald Porcupine Island, off the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine. A little farther in the distance are some other islands with spiny names (Sheep Porcupine, Burnt Porcupine, and Long Porcupine Islands). …

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And Then There Were Four

Newsletter 013 – April 22nd, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The background is just comprised of some graphic elements I’ve been tinkering with to possibly use on the cover of a book called A Mixed Bag. Over the last three newsletters, I tried to give you a sense of what the next few books …

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Deep in the Heart of…

Newsletter 012 – April 8th, 2022 Hi, [name] About the image above: In the center you can see a few wind turbines. Texas has over 150 wind farms, and produces more wind power than any other US state. If Texas was a country, it would be the fifth largest wind energy producer in the world. …

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What Is the Sound of One Hawthorn Stinging…

Newsletter 011 – March 25th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The Hawthorn’s Sting is a mystery-thriller, and the first scene takes place in Ilfracombe, a town on the Southwest Coast of England. The novel’s current status is what most writers refer to as a work in progress. It’s partially written, an incomplete first draft …

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Up Island or Down Island…

Newsletter 010 – March 11th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: Edgartown is located on the northeastern shore of Martha’s Vineyard. If you were driving toward Edgartown from somewhere else on the island, the locals would say you were going down-island. A quick, unscientific glance on Google Earth indicated that Edgartown is roughly 14 feet …

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