About the Author
I write and blog about art history, architecture, and interior design. And, you guessed it, I write fiction, too. Writing and painting are my two passions. These days, my main focus (between writing projects) is to complete my painting project, entitled Images of Coney Island for a show at the end of 2016.
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Recent Blog Posts
- DANCE THROUGH HISTORYDance through history . . . Gail Ingis & instructor Henry Skopp at Foxwoods competition. Gail got 1st place in Waltz and Foxtrot. Dancin’ feet! Do you know the latest dance? Bet you would if you could . . . dance. “Tom,” I said, “For my birthday, come on, dance with me.” Now that we got ourselves onto the dance floor, I began to wonder ... read more
- How to Hold Your Reader on the Ride with Dynamic PacingThunderbolt We are passing on this AutoCrit excellent blog, with permission from Jocelyn, for your perusal. Ever watched a movie that was so packed full of non-stop action it left you feeling breathless? Exhilarated, maybe… but disconnected from the characters – unable to learn much about them amidst the constant stream of explosions, car chases and death-defying peril? Or have you ever read a story ... read more
- GLEAN HISTORYDakota tower Architect Henry J Hardenbergh designed The Dakota in1884. A local chap, he was born in New Brunswick, NJ. Schooled at Hasbrouck Institute in Jersey City, and apprenticed in New York from 1865-1870 under Detlef Lienau, architect of Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk, CT. The Dakota apartments, a coop, is exclusive to the famous, movie stars, musicians and the wealthy. The Dakota c. 1890 The Dakota ... read more
- WOMEN OF CONVICTIONAnnie Kenney&Christabe Pankhurst, England early 20th century Downright painful to think about the women who fought for freedom. Women were kept in the kitchen, away from the real world, but they were cunning, seeking education, politics, they formed organizations for freedom. Women worked for our future. Twentieth century, Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem, Florence Nightingale. it’s a big list. Civil War, bloodiest war of all. ... read more
- CHARACTER COMPLEXITYPicasso “Avignon” What in the world does this all mean? A story well told inextricably entwines place and person. The place is filtered through the person’s personality, age, education, experiences, culture, nationality, friends and family. It’s a must have for every story, every chapter, every scene. Show off your people, your place, your setting. Look for ways to enrich your story. Catskill Mountain House As ... read more
- NOW WHAT? SCRIVENERPat Haggerty, Scrivener Instructor Learning Scrivener has eluded me for five or six years. My first book, Indigo Sky, got born without it. Intentions are to cook up my sequel with it. Not too long ago I took Pat Haggerty’s workshop, all video, Scooped up hearing aids this time. Before that I attempted other ways. After a Scrivener workshop, instructor Gwen Hernandez met with me ... read more
- THE BOOK EVERY WRITER MUST OWNThe Road to Publication: A Writer’s Navigation Guide Written by a research scientist, author Claire Gem’s book The Road to Publication: A Writer’s Navigation Guide, will be released Friday, March 17, 2017. This is a book all writers must own. Claire is an excellent teacher and has shared her knowledge with me. I benefited from her expertise. She is a driving force, doesn’t give up, ... read more