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HOW I CAME TO LOVE WRITING PROMPT MEETUPS-AND CAME UP WITH A STORY

HOW I CAME TO LOVE WRITING PROMPT MEETUPS-AND CAME UP WITH A STORY

I’ve never been a big believer in using gimmickry to break the writers’ block that seems to possess most authors much the time. There is nothing in this world that is easier than finding a way to avoid writing. All those chores you haven’t done, the calls and visits you’ve failed to make, the research …

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VIRTOX- The Story I Felt I Had to Post

VIRTOX- The Story I Felt I Had to Post

I wrote this little short story late last year and presented it to Keybangers Bangkok, my writing group. It was well-received, only a few criticisms (writers are full of criticism). I was up in Chiang Mai earlier this month and had the opportunity to read it at an open mike and it was well received. …

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Words of Wisdom From Norman Fischer

Words of Wisdom From Norman Fischer

I am not a Zen practitioner (Vipassana is more my thing) but this article by the great teacher and poet Norman Fischer is relevant to all artists and in fact all people:https://tricycle.org/magazine/saved-freezing/?utm_source=Tricycle&utm_campaign=80af97cfbb-Daily_Dharma_12_22_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1641abe55e-80af97cfbb-307923057

  AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE SHAKARCHI, BANGKOK POET

  AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE SHAKARCHI, BANGKOK POET

                                              AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE SHAKARCHI, BANGKOK POET “I have no desire to write poems that no one can understand.” This is another in a series of interviews with English-language writers and other  …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH SHELDON PENNER OF THE PATTAYA PLAYERS

AN INTERVIEW WITH SHELDON PENNER OF THE PATTAYA PLAYERS

Sheldon Penner at Koh Phanang, December, 2016 Note: this is the first of a series of interviews with English language literary artists residing in the Kingdom. Our definition of “literary artist” is broad enough to include fiction writers, playwrights, poets, humorists and comedians. The insights and experiences of these artists are universal. Sheldon Penner currently …

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JUDGE DANA MARKS ON THE IMMIGRATION COURT SYSTEM

JUDGE DANA MARKS ON THE IMMIGRATION COURT SYSTEM

https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/b/outsidenews/archive/2017/09/24/how-a-dire-immigration-court-backlog-affects-lives.aspx?Redirected=true When I was in practice I represented people in criminal cases but also in immigration court. Judge Dana Marks of the San Francisco Immigration court  was one of the finest jurists I ever appeared before in any court anywhere. She provides a compelling account of the mess in our immigration court system. Maybe someday …

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Shana Tova

Shana Tova

I wish all of my fellow Members of the Tribe a sweet, peaceful and joyous 5778. I wish the same to all people everywhere as well. I celebrated the holiday here in Bangkok with my fellow congregants at the Thailand Progressive Jewish Congregation. These photos of several members were taken today at Benjasiri Park where …

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REAL LIFE LESSONS FOR CRIME FICTION WRITERS

REAL LIFE LESSONS FOR CRIME FICTION WRITERS

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/nyregion/brooklyn-body-cinder-block.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=1&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F09%2F05%2Fnyregion%2Fbrooklyn-body-cinder-block.html&eventName=Watching-article-click This is a great article to read if you are writing crime  novels or short stories, relevant to screen and script writing as well. It shows that organized crime, New York style, is still around, and still in the news. This means that there is going to be a audience for what is both …

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CHECK OUT MY NEW HEADER IMAGE

CHECK OUT MY NEW HEADER IMAGE

You will see that the front page of the blog has a new header image, a tranquil scene of a book on the beach with a piece of driftwood. I found this on the internet;  the photographer is Ben White, who should be given due credit.  I hope you like it!

CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOK OF MY BLOG

CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOK OF MY BLOG

There are two systems used for blogs: Word Press and Wix. The former is far more common but the latter is much easier to use. I started with Word Press and by the time I realized just how difficult it was, I was in too deep to get out. Painful as it might be, I …

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