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Writing Rituals: Bob Martin

I guess I can best describe what it takes to get me to sit down and write, by referencing the late Glenn Miller’s 1940 big-band hit. I have to be “In the Mood.”

August 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Writing Rituals: Paty Jager

It’s interesting how over the years my “rituals” have changed. When I first started writing, I would always check my emails and respond as the first “warm up” of the day. I felt the typing of the emails warmed up my fingers and my mind.

August 11, 2017 · 12 Comments

Writing Rituals: Thonie Hevron

When I first began writing, I believed that I needed to be moved by the muse. Okay. You can stop laughing now.

August 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

How Do You Know It’s “The End” -Mike Black

By Michael A. Black A lot of people ask that question. I remember back in my first creative writing class the instructor answered that query with, “You just write ‘The … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

When is it “The End?” Sandra Orchard

For years I’ve carefully plotted the end of my novels before beginning writing. Then I discovered the fun of allowing my characters to derail my carefully laid plans and write their own ending.

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

When is it THE END?: Ellen Kirschman

By Ellen Kirschman: The end of the story: who decides? I do. This is a great question. For me, the answer changes with every book. I wrote the first Dot … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 8 Comments

When is it THE END?: Marian Lindner

By Marian Lindner All my fiction books are juicy beach reads, fast-paced and fun. I’m a big believer in the healing properties of pulp fiction, so I deeply value a … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

“The End” for Writers: Jolyn Lauer

How do you know your characters are finished with their story?
I love this question. I always feel terminally unique when answering it, until I hear/read handfuls of other writers grappling with the same dilemma.

July 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

When is it “The End?”: Kay Mehl Miller

My best works leave the reader asking, “ And then what happened?”

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

When is it THE END?: Nicholas Chiarkas

By Nick Chiarkas Although I love the idea that, “Art is never finished, only abandoned” (Leonardo da Vinci), as an author I nevertheless must decide when to type “The End.” … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 5 Comments

Cop Talk

For all things about cop culture-the work, the family, the days off.

The purpose of this page is to educate writers of all genres to be accurate in their portrayal of law enforcement professionals. This includes meter maids (I was a "lovely Rita" many years ago), dispatcher, patrol officers, detectives, and administrators.

I have many resources in my 35 year career in California law enforcement. I index and explain common errors that found in all media. Guests will also post about police professionalism today and tomorrow as well as historical articles about the way things used to be, "back in the day".

Examples of police media myths: missing persons cannot be reported by anyone but the family; missing persons reports can't be taken until the subject has been missing 24 hours; all cops eat donuts.

You get my drift.



Just the Facts, Ma'am posts Sundays and Wednesdays. Guest writers Gerry Goldshine, Hal Collier, Melissa Kositzin and sometime Woody Hoke take us through the days and nights of those who protect and serve. Extra postings will include California 'Officer Down' notices or something special. I will update progress of my current literary project as they develop. --Thonie Hevron

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