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WHY THE EMMYS RATINGS TANKED

  WHY THE EMMYS RATINGS TANKED  By  Vicki Hinze      At one time, Americans held their breaths to see who would win the awards. It was topic discussed all over the place. You could be at the water-cooler, lunching [...]

Cotton Reigned Until Slavery Was Outsourced

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Today, Western nations are forced to consider the price and flow of crude oil in all foreign policy decisions concerning the Middle East. From Algeria to Iran, Oil is King. However, back in 1861, petroleum was [...]

IN HER OWN WORDS: HOW MARGARET DALEY COMES UP WITH HER STORIES

In Her Own Words by Vicki Hinze   Readers ask. Editors ask. And other writers ask:  How do you come up with your stories? The answer is simple, and complex. It’s different for every writer. Unique to that writer. For some, it’s [...]

Character and Credibility

  Character and Credibility By Vicki Hinze   This morning, doing time on my treadmill, I set aside my music and watched a few minutes of news—maybe four to five minutes of news—and in that time, I saw two members of congress [...]

Penny Thoughts

Penny Thoughts by Vicki HInze     Years ago, “a penny for your thoughts” was a common expression often heard when someone was deep in thought and another person wanted to know what they were thinking. It’s not a [...]

WHEN LIFE INTERRUPTS . . .

    WHEN LIFE INTERRUPTS… By Vicki Hinze   A few years ago, I underwent a series of eye surgeries, and learned a lot more than I ever wanted to know about living and writing in a life bombarded by interruptions.  [...]

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW by Vicki Hinze I only met Elmore Leonard once, but I learned a lot reading his books.  While he had many admirable traits, I learned one new thing about him after his death:  He didn’t write his first [...]

THE SECRET: Key to Contentment

    THE SECRET:  Key to Contentment by Vicki Hinze   In writing, everything is fodder.  If you don’t need it for character, you need it for plot, setting or one of the other basic novel elements.  Where writers [...]

Illegal Immigrants Raise Havoc on US Border: The Mexican/American War, Part I

The Mexican/American War, Part I Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In 1820, the Mexican government offered a land grant to Moses Austin that encompassed an area about half the size of modern-day Texas. In return, Austin was to finance the settlement [...]

WHEN YOU’VE LOST EVERYTHING

When You’ve Lost Everything by Vicki Hinze This year, more than most, I’m hearing from people who have lost everything.  They’re feeling hopeless and helpless.  Defeated in life, or by life.  Some have lost [...]