Many years ago in my earlier days as a Power Plant Electrician while working on Relays at the coal-fired Power Plant in North Central Oklahoma, Ben Davis, a plant electrician and True Power Man introduced me to one of his favorite Rock and Roll Bands, the “Dire Straits”. One of their hit songs is “Money […]
I’ve written two collections of ghost stories. (“Death Be Not Loud” and “Rest In Fleece,” at amazon)as well as a nonfiction book on the subject called “About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook,” and a collection of funny/irreverent haiku called”It’s Your Funeral: Dead Funny Haiku.” I teach seminars occasionally about the spirituality of the ghost story, and about the paranormal in literature. The subject matter is intriguing in many ways:
- We speculate about the Other Side, and there are countless theories about it.
- Our fear of the unknown.
- So much is written off as “wives tales” or legend, but actually, running up against ghosts, hauntings, ESP, voodoo, the Bermuda Triangle, and more, happens to people quite often. Working as a priest and as a chaplain I heard countless stories from so many individuals: and prior to that, as a columnist, I interviewed those who had had supernatural, inexplicable experiences.
- In literature, one…
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Whatever your background is, you will like Cooperstown
Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.
Q: Why should I give up paper and pencil?
A: Lots of reasons!
- Digital writing is easier to edit. By a factor of infinity. Anyone who has tried to erase, smudge notes, tear the paper, knows that the digital version of editing with a simple insert or replace is miles ahead. Why force ourselves to use a method that is so inferior?
- By middle school, with even a modicum of keyboard training, most of us type faster than we handwrite. The average person handwrites between 25-35 wpm. It doesn’t take much practice to exceed that with typing. By fourth grade, my students typed as fast as they handwrote…
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