Writing in the first person can produce amazing results

I seem to be more comfortable writing in the omniscient POV, mainly because I don’t know how to avoid using “I.”

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Contrary to some critics first person point of view does work. I disagree with those critics (snobs) that argue writing in the first person is a sign of an amateur. 

Writing in the first person is my preferred method. I know, I know, I’m not burning up the NYT Best Seller list. Well, not yet but give me time.  

But there are many famous, and successful authors that have proved those critics wrong.

And those are just a few!

I enjoy writing when writing in the first person more than third person and I…

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Building Characters—one funeral at a time @barbtaub #wwwblogs

What a delightful travelogue, laden with rich characterizations and a deep desire (on my part) to write as a Brit. Re-blogged from alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com

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A fabulous guest post from writer Barb Taub today – enjoy!

I don’t know. What do you think about during funerals?

I suppose you could think about your own life, and whether this many people would ever gather in one place just to say such nice things about you. But I’m a writer, so for me funerals are ALL about the character. What went into making that person who they ended up becoming? What kind of main character did their story have?

The last two funerals I attended were for the first two people I met after moving into the tiny village in the north of England. They had already been friends for decades (the phrase “partners in crime” came up often) when I met Margaret and Marion my first morning in the Castle. I’d arrived from the States the night before, and only had time to learn one thing…

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An Abundant Life

DSC_5969John 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

John 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

John 10:4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

John 10:5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10:6  This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

John 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 10:8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

John 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

John 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 When I was in tenth grade one of my classes was world geography. The whole class moaned and groaned when we were given an assignment over the Christmas holiday. Each student was to choose a country to study its Christmas traditions. It turned out to be a very interesting assignment. I can’t remember now if I chose Holland or Italy, but it planted in me a desire to see more of this world than my local area. My family had moved around a little (from Illinois to Pennsylvania to Maryland), and I had moved around with my husband when he was in the military. We spent two and a half years in West Germany (before the wall came down) and were able to travel through Holland. I also was able to take a dependent’s tour of Paris, France.

 Back in the United States we lived in West Virginia (my husband’s home state), Maryland (to help my parents), and finally Florida, to help my husband’s parents.

 Now that there is no one requiring our attention (all of our parents are safely at home with Jesus and wouldn’t come back if they could), we are back to traveling status.

 We spent this past winter in Quartzsite, Arizona (one of our favorite places to go—dry weather is great for my sinuses). We left there about fifteen days ago and went to Joshua Tree National Park in California, where we spent two nights, using one full day to drive through and see cholla cactus in bloom, ocotillo cactus with their lovely red flowers blossoming on the tops of their tall limbs, prickly pear cactus with their fuchsia flowers, and yucca and Joshua trees with white cluster flowers.

 From there we went to San Bernardino to visit my aunt and cousin. We spent a week there and have been traveling along I-40 eastward through California, Arizona, and New Mexico so far. The scenery has been nothing short of A-MA-ZING, incredible, stupendous. We have been at elevations over 7,000 feet, down to just over 1,000. We have seen dark red mountains of sheer rock with ribbons of white running through them. We have gawked over lighter red mountains with white and grey rock tumbling over them. We have seen gorges cut into gulleys too deep to see the bottom from the roadside. We have stopped to take pictures of what I can only describe as painted rocks (not by vandals). We have seen mountains covered with trees and shrubs, descending to valleys and dales covered with sage and fox grass. We have seen a few mountains with snow still on them, and shady places in the lower valleys with snow on the ground (the temperature outside was forty-two degrees). Continue reading

I’d Rather Do It Myself

I’m not stubborn and I don’t have any pride. I just want to do things my way. I’m trying to learn all the ins and outs of creating a writer platform on social media. I know I need to keep up with every website there is. I know I need to keep up with my e-mail or I’ll be overwhelmed with helpful information and a dozen webinars to watch each week.

I understand the importance of following others, sharing blogs and posts, and re-blogging and supporting other authors and bloggers. After all, we are a community. We need each other. That includes me.

I also need to keep up with my writing.

Help! I need a manager. But what if my manager doesn’t understand the importance of all of these things? What if he/she tells me to just write and ignore all the other stuff for now?

Oh, no. I’ll lose my friends. I’ll get behind in my e-mail. I’ll get behind in my blog and lose followers.

Not to mention the things I’ll forget to do.

Is it fear? Or is it pride? Maybe it’s just plain stubbornness.

 What is the answer? My husband is very logical and intelligent. He knows me better than anyone else (and loves me anyway). He wants to see me succeed. The decision I came to should have been made years ago. I asked him to manage my writing and the business that goes with it.

 My blogging will be limited to once a week until the book is finished. I trust him and his judgment. He has waited a long time for me to let go of the reins and listen to his wisdom. It will be a great adventure.

I Was Interviewed

This is late, but I didn’t know how to announce it. I had to read someone else’s announcement of a forthcoming interview to see how I should have done it. So…….in case you didn’t see it, Brittney Sahin posted an interview with me on the 14th. Here’s the link:

Featured Author: Aleta Kay

Brittney Sahin is a romance author and author promoter. There are currently four books with their authors being promoted on her site. Maybe you would like her site too.

More interviews will be coming up soon. I’ll keep you posted.


Author Talk with Lucinda E. Clark

Think I’m going to have to read these books by author Lucinda E. Clarke. This author has been through some of the worst life has to offer, has overcome the pain, and has become a prolific writer. I sure have a lot of reading to do. But. . .I have to write, too. Re-blogged from https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com.

Author Don Massenzio

Welcome to the 2nd featured interview on my blog. Today, author Lucinda E. Clark is featured. I posed a series of questions Lucinda so that she can tell us about herself and her wonderful work. Lucinda has had powerful personal experiences and an interesting career both of which she draws upon for inspiration. Please join me in thanking her for sharing her story with us.

DM: What is the title and genre of the book you want to tell us about?

LC: I’d really like to tell you about all of them, and this is difficult as I’m just about to publish book #6 and they fall into 4 separate genres. There is the partly serious one about my mother who had a personality disorder, and two light-hearted memoirs in the Truth, Lies and Propaganda series about my career in the media. But I guess I should focus on my…

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Author Talk – Featuring Nicholas T. (Nick) Davis

Calling all Sci-fi fans. Read this interview with Nick Davis. He’s a multi-talented author and an interesting person. Re-blogging from https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com.

Author Don Massenzio

This is the inaugural interview for my blog. I wanted to start out with a special author. Nick Davis is a friend of mine. We have known each other since we were students at East Syracuse-Minoa High School (Class of 1980). We had lost touch until a couple of years ago when we realized we had some things in common. We both write books and we both are musicians.

We had a chance to connect last year when I was back in my hometown of Syracuse, New York. We’ve been in touch ever since bouncing ideas off of each other. When I decided to start interviewing authors as a new feature on my Blog, I thought Nick would be the best person to start off with.

His latest book, Dimension Lapse II: Return to Doomsday, is a great read and the second in a series. I posed some questions to…

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Featured Author: Aleta Kay

Thank you, Brittney, for this lovely interview and for helping me promote my book.



Have you heard of author Aleta Kay, yet? If not, I’d love to introduce you to her, and her novel, Mending Fences. Mending Fences is a novel of love and hope lost, despair, defeat, frustration, giving up, and hope regained. This is a novel for anyone struggling with issues of faith, death, broken relationships, or searching for a God who understands.

Mending Fences is purely fiction, based on a recurring nightmare of an old friend, now deceased. His dream was of a Viet Nam veteran being surrounded in an open field by several different kinds of broken down fencing. He was unable to get out. My friend often woke up in a cold sweat.

The main character here is a Viet Nam veteran who, once he got out of the army, never wanted to fight again—about anything. Robert McGinn becomes a pastor who really loves his family and God…

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