Books Can Save Your Life

There’s a quote often attributed to Ernest Hemingway that I love: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Indeed, books are loyal friends and, when times get really tough, I turn to them sometimes more than people.

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On not worrying so much about finding a niche

I’ve been reading more articles about blogging lately and it seems that many of them talk about the benefits of finding a niche. According to this theory, if you corner the market on a specific topic, you can grow your blog’s audience more effectively. But is this necessary?

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The Joys (and Difficulties) of Research for Historical Fiction

My cousin had an idea a couple of years ago: an historical novel about a fictional town based on our hometown, set in America’s Gilded Age. We started working on the project and, since then, it’s morphed into developing a script for an audio drama podcast. Since the idea is historical in nature, it meant we had to do a good bit of research. The research has been fun, but it has also come with its share of difficulties.

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