There is a certain degree of mystery in every novel. What’s most impressive is when the plot surfaces, the reader gets a sense of the direction of the story, yet every page is as important as the next and you cannot seem to stop turning them. That’s what it’s like reading Daniel Magariel’s One of the Boys.
My advice for aspiring writers is simple: Keep at it. That old cliché rings true—practice makes perfect, like with anything in life. Well, maybe not perfect, but the best way to become a better writer is to continue writing. Seems straightforward, right? You’d be surprised how difficult this notion can be for some writers. IContinue reading “Simple advice for aspiring writers”
It’s not all whiskey and beer. The history of Ireland is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It makes you wish you lived there, yet it also makes you count your blessings. Being of Irish descent, this history has always fascinated me. I’ve found that in order to understand something, you need the full picture. You need toContinue reading “Those Irish have a way with words”
Stay away from religion and politics, right? I try, especially for the heavy issues. But here’s a case that seems pretty one-sided to me. Last week, it was announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding would lose $290 million under the newly proposed national budget. That’s almost a 97% cut, down to just $10 million perContinue reading “An argument for the Great Lakes”
This past Tuesday I released my third book, a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town. It seems my writing is getting shorter and shorter. Maybe it has gone with the attention spans of our youth. First came the novel. Then came a novella, which I followed up with a second novella. Being connected,Continue reading “The craft of the short story”
The clash of the literary giants. Ernest Hemingway vs. William Faulkner. The real question is, who won this epic showdown?