Editors: How Much (Or How Little) Should You “Rewrite”?

On April 6, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

In the days when I participated in (far too many) online writing workshops, I continually found myself thinking that the well-written pieces were far easier to critique than the poorly-written ones. Now that might at first glance seem logical, and by nature that is probably a simple, logical conclusion. But I never felt that way […]

 

New To The Biz? Want To Sell 10K Books Per Day?

On March 19, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

In some ways I am hopeful this blog gets fewer hits than my normal postings. I see at least twenty to thirty of these kind of ads/offers/scams (and yes, dirtbag authors who write books to their own compatriots to make a quick buck before enough writers realize it’s just the same old rhetoric. I am […]

 

CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE!

On March 17, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

INDEED, A HUNDRED THOUSAND WELCOMES! I was working today on an epic novel that should be out this summer—a ghostwriting project—and I just had to take a break to blog on St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve said over the years I detest St. Valentine’s Day, not because there weren’t a number or heroic and martyred St. […]

 

12 Years A Slave; Millenia, Humans Beings, A Blight

On March 16, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

I finally got to see 12 Years A Slave. It was an outstanding film—as good as advertised. Obviously, as with many epic movies, the subject matter is difficult to watch. I find films about slavery in the United States in the 1800s particularly hard to watch. My family is from the North, as far as […]

 

Do The Years Steal Our Abilities?

On March 14, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

Last week I was hit head-on by an incident I never saw coming. In fact, the very reason I didn’t see it coming is because I trusted my instincts—instincts that had almost never failed me in almost thirty years of adulthood. My whole life I’ve been able to read someone from the first moment I meet […]

 

Should Writers Mix Business And Friendship/Family/Pleasure?

On March 3, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

If you’re in a hurry, the short answer is EASY: NO. You may leave now. There are a hundred “old adages” about money, business, etc. that revolve around the paraphrased: “If you know ‘em, don’t do business with them. Don’t borrow money from friends. Don’t loan money to family. Don’t do business (or start a […]

 

Non Sequitur: King of the Internet

On March 1, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

The other day a great and trusted writer friend asked me about a “comment tête-à-tête” she found herself in on the good old Internet. She wanted me to read what she had said (in response to a comment on a semi-famous and controversial—i.e. “did he or did he not really say that”) pic she’d posted […]

 

Six Years

On February 21, 2014, in Anniversaries, Family, Healing, In Memoriam, Life, Surviving, by rsguthrie

Six means many different things to many people. To some it is the length of an engagement; to others, the lifespan of an entire marriage; to the lucky, perhaps, but six of fifty-six. Or seventy-six. Six can be a beginning or a lifetime. Often, it is the first day of first grade—a beginning into the […]

 

Do I Look Fat In These Jeans? (More About The Misuse Of Words)

I blogged recently about common misuses and abuses of the English language. It was all prompted by the alluring Scarlett Johansson uttering what I assumed to be a scripted line in a Super Bowl commercial. Firstly, you are all welcome—who else could manage to fit in two (count them, TWO) pictures of the sultry, pouting, […]

 

An Author Blog Chain

On February 16, 2014, in Uncategorized, by rsguthrie

So a writer friend of mine named Renée Pawlish (also a fellow Colorado resident), asked if I want to participate in a kind of blog chain. Now if you recall the old “chain letters” and then “chain emails”, they always had a bit of a negative connotation, primarily because they asked a large group of […]

 

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