to keep my magic true, you must do one thing

HAL HAD IT MADE! He was young, hand­some, and smart with a very good job as an ac­coun­tant with a suc­cessful local com­pany. But he had one weak spot: He liked to gamble. A lot. Un­for­tu­nately, he usu­ally lost. A lot. To catch up with his cred­i­tors, he em­bez­zled $500,000 from his em­ployer, all of which he lost gam­bling. The com­pany was due for a major audit and the ex­am­iners were coming the next day. READ MORE

why I’ve been missing during the coronavirus pandemic

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLOG POSTS GONE, long time passing? The past few months have seen ab­solutely nothing posted on any of my blogs. This does not mean that I have not been busy. I just haven’t been busy pub­lishing things I wrote. At a time when more people are prob­ably reading things on the in­ternet that they never had time to even find be­fore, I have been silent. READ MORE

I just launched a new publication on medium all about elvis

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WE LAUNCHED our new pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. The ar­ti­cles within ad­dress pop­ular music, pri­marily rock & roll from the ’60s. “We” are John Ross (my fa­vorite music blogger), Lew Shiner (my fa­vorite nov­elist), and my­self. We love the music (and the books and the movies and the styles and the girls girls girls) of that era. READ MORE

about the bleeding heart liberal petitions page on facebook

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I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Face­book page. READ MORE

capitalizing articles and prepositions in your title

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE FOR PUBLICATION, you need ac­cess to at least one Eng­lish lan­guage grammar and usage style­book. No matter how good a writer you may be, no matter how much ex­pe­ri­ence you may have, you will use that book fre­quently. (Un­less you have a pho­to­graphic memory). As­suming you are using Amer­ican Eng­lish (AmE) in­stead of British Eng­lish (BrE), you should prob­ably fa­mil­iarize your­self with William Strunk and E.B. READ MORE

people love farts and can’t seem to get enough of them

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PEOPLE LOVE FARTS! Not, you know, en­during them. But they love hearing them and hearing about them: fart jokes will prob­ably be with us until Sheldon Coop­er’s dreams of our brains being moved to non-tissue bodies are re­al­ized. If someone turns their nose up at a fart joke, you’re prob­ably wasting your time in any kind of con­ver­sa­tion with that person. READ MORE

twisting with john and lew at the tell it like it was a-go-go

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FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS, I have been in­volved in a rather large project with two other writers, John Ross and Lew Shiner. I as­sem­bled a list of every record to make it to #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 chart from the be­gin­ning of 1960 through the end of 1969. Each title is linked to a recording of that song on YouTube. READ MORE

we keep on keepin’ on telling it like it was

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MY ATTENTION re­mains fo­cused on Tell It Like It Was, my new pub­li­ca­tion on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was re­mains fo­cused on music—mostly music of the ’60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues be­fore and after that decade even­tu­ally.

In the past week, Lew Shiner and John Ross pub­lished pieces on drum­mers: Lew with “Jack Sper­ling, King of the Big-Band Drum­mers” and John with “Give the Drum­mers Some!” READ MORE

be the first on your block to tell it like it was!

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MY APOLOGIES for ne­glecting reg­ular readers of my blogs for the past few months. For­tu­nately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly ru­mors cir­cu­lated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a pro­gres­sive com­mune in Ver­mont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. Sigh, as en­ticing as that sounds, there’s work yet to be done. READ MORE