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The Comfort of Innocence

 My Enchanté column from June 12, 2014 By Mark BerginHe spent much of his early life in a forest before traveling hundreds of thousands of miles. He’s only got a few good friends, but has millions of fans who span several … Continue reading

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Jeffery Deaver’s “The Kill Room”

Jeffery Deaver’s newest thriller, The Kill Room, is not what I expected; it’s better. International intrigue, moral issues involved in new kinds of wars, drone kills, rogue government bureaucrats hiring killers to clean up crime scenes, the military-corporate world and some … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block – Part 1 – Physical Issues

Mind, body and spirit work together. Each influences the others. Today’s blog is about being in the best physical form that you can. I will not touch on emotional issues here – I’ll deal with them in a later blog. This … Continue reading

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So you want to be a writer? Character Development

Character development is one of the most complicated aspects of writing a novel. Too much back story and the reader feels insulted or, worse, bored. Too little, the reader’s lost. Neither do you want the reader to muse, “methinks he doth … Continue reading

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Writing Advice – how “readable” is your writing?

How “readable” is your writing? I’m a member of a writers’ group, and I realized at our meeting last week that “readability,” or the ability to assess it, is a more obscure concept than I thought. Most people don’t know … Continue reading

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So you want to be a writer

“I want to be a writer.” So many people say this to me. Or I might hear, “I’m a writer, just like you.” Or, worse, “You’re so lucky; you’re a writer.” Luck has nothing to do with it. “What are … Continue reading

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Cold Vengeance – by Preston and Child

Preston & Child’s Cold Vengeance is another superb thriller. Any reservation I might hold in recommending it results from a feeling that you’d enjoy it even more if you had some history with FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. This novel is … Continue reading

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