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posted on: Jul 12 2013

The Honest Writer: Narrating Emotion

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of the Yeah Write Review.  A copy of the Review may be purchased here.           Narrating emotion means making your reader see what a character is feeling without explicitly stating it.  If you tell the reader what's going...

posted on: Jun 23 2013

The Honest Writer: A Review of Joe Clifford’s Choice Cuts

Joe Clifford isn't your everyday writer.  His stories aren't for quiet family times, with young cheerful faces turned innocently to the light.  Nor are they for the faint-of-heart, or those who believe that all human beings basically want to do the right thing. They're for readers...

posted on: May 21 2013

2013 International Book Awards

        Our Love Could Light The World is named as a Finalist in the short story category of the 2013 International Book Awards!...

posted on: May 05 2013

City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, California

I love Amazon.  I can find any book I want there.  I can sell my own works there, too.  I can buy so many other things besides books – lap top computers, cameras, shoes, spring and summer dresses.  What I can't do is browse, wander,...

posted on: Apr 28 2013

Excerpt From “Our Love Could Light The World”

        Mrs. Dugan came home from work tired.  She was often crabby, too.  She worked in the sales department for a small company that sold manufactured homes.  Her job was to walk clients through their purchase options.  The people she dealt with had all fallen on...

posted on: Apr 23 2013

Dear Sirs, Please Tell Us What’s Wrong

  Before anyone gets up in arms about what I'm going to say, please consider that I address this commentary to the very small number of men who lose it every year and shoot people dead.  It's always men, isn't it?  A comedian once asked, "Have...

posted on: Apr 19 2013

A Surveillance Society

We live in a free society, more or less.  We come and go without restriction or interference, unless we're getting on an airplane and find ourselves suddenly in the undignified stance of padding shoeless through an x-ray machine.  Our movements are observed, though, via cameras,...

posted on: Apr 14 2013

Maybe a Feminist After All

I'm not a political person. That doesn't mean I have no interest in politics, just that I don't see the world purely in political terms. Some do. A writer whose name I can't recall said that all writing, one way or another, is political writing....