California History California Incline

A Riot Every Generation?

In my current WIP, California Incline, the story suggests that the Rodney King riots would never really end in the sense...
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California Incline

The In Crowd

When I'm in a courtroom for jury duty, I feel comfortable. Which is strange because when I was practicing law...
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Novel Writing

I’ve Become One of Those People

Sadly, I have become one of those people who have to have their seat at the local coffeehouse. It's embarrassing....
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Korean-American

A Joyless Existence

Lately, I have been reading background material – books, blogs, news articles – on the Korean American experience. I am...
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Sometimes a Great Notion

I just finished reading this book. It took me 200 pages to realize Kesey wasn't just fucking with me. Well,...
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The Convenient Corpse

I recently read two books that seemingly have little to do with each other: Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow and...
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Novel Writing

The Promise of the Book

The more I read first passages in books, the more I see this first part as “The Promise of the...
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Fiction Will Kill for Food

Will Kill for Food is a Winner

Black Hill Press  just announced the winners of the Summer Writing Project, and Will Kill for Food is one of...
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Will Kill for Food is a Finalist

My novella, Will Kill For Food, is one of six finalists in Black Hill Press's Summer Writing Project. This means it's one step closer to being published. There were twelve semi-finalists. Now there are six. BHP editors will select three among these to be published later this year.

I guess we'll see what happens. Soon, I hope.

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Fiction Will Kill for Food

5 Reasons to Publish with JukePop

I'm not a huge fan of "X Reasons" blog posts, but it seems appropriate in this case. I stumbled on...
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Novel Writing

Free Gratis: Al Swarengen and John Gardner

Recently, I came across some awkward language I had written. It wasn't Latin, per se, but it was stilted. It...
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Criticism Novel Writing Will Kill for Food

Thoughts on “Will Kill for Food”

Why I Wrote the Story For some time, I have been planning to write a novel about the aftermath of...
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Fiction Will Kill for Food

“Will Kill For Food” is now a serial

This morning my novella, Will Kill for Food, was accepted by JukePop for online publishing. The short story (no pun there)...
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Novel Writing

Rick Wakeman on how to write a synopsis

A few months ago, I completed what I think is a version of my novel March Bicycle Madness worth circulating....
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Fiction

Adventure!

My son and I have been reading classic boys adventure novels. You know, Treasure Island, King Solomon's Mines, Journey to...
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Flash fiction

“Please Be Advised” to be published soon

I received an invitation from Paula Johnson of Rose City Sisters to include "Please Be Advised" in their upcoming flash fiction...
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California History Non-Fiction

Cattle on the 101

So far, I've come across two sources that mentioned using the new state highways (circa 1910-20) as covenient roads for...
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California History Fiction Non-Fiction

Two Views of Mustard

Apparently, wild mustard made an impression in late-1800s Southern California . . . The wild mustard in Southern California is like...
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California History El CaminoReal Non-Fiction

Cattle on the Conejo

One of the books I picked up on the bookstore tour was Cattle on the Conejo, by J.H. Russell. It...
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General

Used Bookstore Tour

A couple of weeks ago I drove to Southern California. The rest of the family was already there, at a...
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