Category Archives: fiction

The Importance of Fairy Tales in Education

‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.’ – Einstein more 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer ‘Today, writing well is more … Continue reading

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How Hard Flash Fiction Submission Is

This is how the editors reviewed my submitted flash story: ‘Joe Picasso is a cool character name. I’d enjoy spending more time on the floor with him, in the scene where he discovers the coin and figures out the scam. … Continue reading

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The Problem with Jargon in Crime Books

While I was reading James Lee Burke’s ‘Cimarron Rose‘, I wondered why the book wasn’t a bestseller. It is a rare novel  where heavy human drama and insensitive hardboiled action were combined. An excerpt: ‘Then I had one of those … Continue reading

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The Curse of Sherlock Holmes

Tip: This article is a ready idea for a great novel. It exposes how the copyright ownership of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is still being fought for until now so much so that even Jean Conan Doyle, a daughter of the creator, … Continue reading

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Two Bestselling Writers Just Passed Away

Another bestselling author in my library has passed away. Robert Parker, who helped revive and modernize the hard-boiled sub-genre of crime fiction died last Monday of natural causes. He was just 77. Thirty-seven of his more than 50 novels feature … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes 2009

Do you know that fans of Sherlock still send fan mails to the fictional (of course) address of the King of Fictional Sleuths at Baker street of London as if he’s alive? From Fletch: ‘The new Sherlock Holmes movie opened … Continue reading

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