Author Archives: thiscommonreader

Parkland Tales: A pleasant distraction on sleepless nights.

I am excited to introduce the cover for my new book Parkland Tales, Stories for 3 a.m. Readings.  The book features a series of connected stories about the furry and feathered residents of Parkland, an urban park surrounded by concrete and … Continue reading

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And they live happily ever after, sort of.

Tragic lovers, they’ve been on my mind lately. I re-read William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as research for a short story I wrote called “Howlin’ at the Moon Kind of Love”. The master playwright just couldn’t leave it at true … Continue reading

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Finding True Love in a Bookstore

  My friend Al and I trade book titles. Her recommendations are profound, the writers are clever and usually on the verge of becoming famous. Al can surely pick ‘em.  Here are her impressions of author Lou Berney and his novel … Continue reading

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On Reading Books about Writing

As we’ve all been told, perspective employers, customers, and friends skulk around our digital profiles to determine if we have pre-existing conditions like “bad spelling-itis” or “incorrect word usage addictions”. However, for me, life is too short to spend time … Continue reading

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Channeling The Bard

Is there really anything new under the stars when it comes to creating love scene dialogue? Remember the run away line from the movie Jerry Maguire?  Showing up unannounced, Jerry (Tom Cruise) professes in a garrulous soliloquy his undying love for … Continue reading

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Mary Dulcie’s Jam Cake and The Christmas Lasagna Mutiny

By the time I was old enough to boil water, my mother welcomed an extra pair of hands into her kitchen. At twelve, I was promoted to holiday cookie baker. However, my mother entrusted no one but herself with the … Continue reading

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Memoirs: They’re not just for celebrities

Doug Jones says a memoir is not an autobiography, which requires research to verify events and dates. No, he says, a memoir is the story of your life or, perhaps, a milestone event you’ve experienced. Your story must be what … Continue reading

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What came first, writing or reading?

If you ask, any writer will tell you he was a reader long before he wrote the first sentence with intentions of publishing. Like Scout Finch, I was reading before my momma packed me off to first grade. By the … Continue reading

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Hats off for respect

  l love a man who wears a hat. A man wearing a hat badly, not so much. Recently, my husband and I watched a re-broadcast of In Performance at the White House, the episode  in which some of the nation’s … Continue reading

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Time for the Summer Reading List

Warmer days are here and so is This Common Reader’s 2015 summer recommendations, featuring some of the talented James River Writers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Non-fiction: Consider spending time with the “historical adventure stories” of Dean King, co-founder … Continue reading

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