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       I’m not a big TV fan. Nothing gets my panties in a bunch more than repetitive, idiotic commercials. I mostly watch the news to stay informed. But even it’s inundated with irritating medical and pharmaceutical commercials. I tend to smile or block these out, since the medicines sound more dangerous than the conditions they supposedly cure. I do, however, have one pet peeve about some of the current medical hype. I believe the media warnings to not let kids play organized sports for fear of brain concussions is one-sided and uninformed

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            I enjoyed the initial saga of the Rise of the Fifth Order fantasy series, Born of Water.

            In the magic-filled world of Myrrah, the Priests and Priestesses of the Church of the Four Elements can control earth, wind, water, and air. The Church maintains its position of power by “adopting” (kidnapping, was my impression) and training any children who show the power to control the elements.

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            I enjoyed reading Fall Eagle One by Warren Bell

            This historical-fiction novel begins in 1943, Nazi Germany. The war is going poorly for the Germans. They’ve suffered a major defeat at Stalingrad. The Russians are advancing. Allied bombing is devastating German cities and factories. The Allied invasion of Europe is inevitable.

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     The concept of writer’s block has always interested me. My father, in his infinite wisdom, once told me: “You can’t be a full-time writer. You’ll get writer’s block and starve.” I stopped listening to his negative advice years ago, but a smidgen of doubt still persists. So what exactly is writer’s block?

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     Picking a name for a fictional character in a novel is an important aspect of writing with which many authors seem to struggle. I’ve read of authors switching character names several times in mid-novel.

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            I enjoyed reading Gray Justice.

            Premise: Ex-special-forces soldier, Tom Gray, wants vengeance for his son’s death, and the eventual suicide of his wife, at the hands of a car thief who is a repeat offender

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      I view constructive reviews of one of my books like a mini-critique, a chance to learn. A well-written review, good or bad, is an insight into a reviewer’s experience and knowledge. It might help me improve my skills by highlighting good or bad points in my writing, so why not listen and learn?

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     I endured a very frightening, and frustrating, experience the other night. A virus took over my computer and threatened to destroy about ten years of work. Worse, I allowed the virus onto my computer due to my own curiosity and stupidity. This post is to warn you not to make the same mistake. Do NOT open any emails from USPS.COM!

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