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Crafting the Personal Essay

My book review of Dinty W. Moore’s Crafting the Personal Essay In my investigation of “alternative” styles of writing, including everything “flash,” I came across a book edited by Dinty W. Moore called The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. I was impressed with Moore’s introduction to that publication, so I  bought Crafting the Personal Essay, which …

It All Changed in an Instant

My Review of It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure I’m a (pre) baby-boomer and, last spring as I approached my 69th birthday, I got a little nostalgic and started looking up books on memoir writing. Not that I wanted to write an actual book about my life story, …

The Moment – Life-Changing Stories

The Moment is about life-changing stories… of 125 writers and artists… and me. Do you recall “the moment” in your past when something so significant happened that it was literally life-changing? If so, you’ll enjoy the 125 stories in The Moment, a book of “wild, poignant, life-changing stories from 125 writers and artists famous and obscure.” In …

Roman Numerals Reference List

Do you remember your Roman numerals? I didn’t so I made myself a list. Here’s a quick Roman numerals reference list you can copy for your own use. 1 – I 2 – II 3 – III 4 – IV 5 – V 6 – VI 7 – VII 8 – VIII 9 – IX 10 …

Latin Phrases List for Writers

Free download: 2-page Latin phrases list for writers   Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of Latin words and phrases that writers might find useful in their articles, blog posts and books. Latin sayings can add flair to your writing and this list can be printed and 3-hole punched or the 2 pages can be placed …

Niche Marketing for Home Businesses

Did you know… the word “niche” comes from the French verb nicher “to nest?” My name is Barbara Casey AKA “The Tutorial Lady.” I’m a firm believer in creating a credible, useful niche for your home-based business… and this page is my “soapbox” where I explain in some detail why I feel so strongly about niche marketing …

Pride and Prejudice Mini-Series

Pride and Prejudice with the “real” Mr. Darcy – Colin Firth How many times did you watch the Pride and Prejudice mini-series when it aired on the A&E television network back in the 1990s? I mean… it was some of the best BBC TV ever imported into the U.S. And if you’re of the female gender, can …

10 Classic Black and White Movies

10 Classic Black and White Movies I Never Want to See in Color These 10 classic films are etched in my memory so vividly, the cinematography so suited to the black and white medium, the lighting so perfect, that color would detract from the overall effect. As a woman of a certain age, I’ve seen my …

Charlie Muffin Mysteries in Order

Here are the Charlie Muffin mysteries by Brian Freemantle listed in order. If you like British espionage books, I think you’ll enjoy the Charlie Muffin mysteries by Brian Freemantle. Many reviewers call Brian Freemantle one of the top espionage writers today… possibly one of the best of all time. Some say he’s on a par with …

Bangkok Mystery Series by John Burdett

John Burdett’s Bangkok Mystery Series – Featuring Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep   Sonchai Jitpleecheep is a police detective… a devout Buddhist and son of a Bangkok bar owner and an American G.I. In fact, Sonchai is regarded by all – including his fellow police officers – as the only honest policeman in Bangkok. Even …