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The Magic Hour

Authors have mixed feelings about reviews. A good one can make you feel as if you’re on top of the world. A bad one ruins your day. At least, that’s how it is when you’re starting out and trying to build a career. When you’ve been around for awhile—in other words, if you’re an old […]

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Those of you who have been following my blog for a few years may remember my postings about a book I was writing. At the time the book was called Omar’s Snake or The Snake. I forget which came first. I’m terrible at titles. The title is usually the last thing I think of. I […]

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Good heavens! I just realized it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything on my blog. No excuses. Blame it on the last days of summer. It got started late here in Oregon. We didn’t have good weather until August. When the weather is good, you want to be outside in the sunshine because you know […]

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How Did It Go?

Yesterday I blogged about how I planned to experiment with my new text-to-speech program, Dragon Dictate. How did it go? Frustrating at times, but ultimately successful. I sent myself quite a task, getting a new chapter boos started. I wanted to take a picture book manuscript I had written several years ago and expand it […]

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Learning A New Way To Write

In my last entry I blogged about becoming familiar with the Dragon Dictate program. I’ve been using it for the past week, mostly for writing e-mails and for answering letters from children. I’ve discovered that the program gets easier the more I use it. Now I think I’m ready for a bigger challenge. I sent […]

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Back Again

Okay, I”m back! It’s been a long time since I posted anything here. January 21st was the last one. I hadn’t realized it had been that long since I put anything up here. All I can say is that a lot has been going on. My friend, author Bruce Colville, was visiting Egypt when the […]

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Culture Clash

I had an interesting experience this morning. I took part in a panel discussion with author David Michael Slater. The program was part of the adult education program at Temple Beth Israel. David and I spoke to the question of how being Jewish affects what we write. Some of David’s comments really intrigued me. His […]

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Keith Talks!

I must confess I have a secret vice. I read every biography and autobiography of rock stars that I can get my hands on. I’ve read everything ever written about Elvis, The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Dead, and The Beatles. I even have a personally autographed copy of Patricia Kennealy’s Strange Days, all about her […]

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Messing Around With Slides

Many authors and illustrators whom I admire present slide shows as part of their presentations. I’ve resisted using slides for decades. One reason was that it was something else to mess with; something else that could get fouled up and go wrong. I’ve heard too many tales over the years of broken projectors, burnt-out bulbs, […]

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A Look In The Drawer

Every writer has a drawer. It may not be an actual drawer. It used to be an actual file in a file cabinet or a pile of papers stored in a carton shoved into a corner of the basement or the attic. These days, most likely, it’s a file—or several files—scattered around the hard drive […]

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