Military Slang: Language of the United States Armed Forces

Photo of U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds was taken by Don Sullivan Note: The following article contains language that may be offensive to some. Although I do not swear very often myself, and I use swear words sparingly in my fiction, the article is posted because most civilians have little knowledge of military slang. If a…

The Importance of Setting in Fiction

Photo is “For Sunday – a Church in North Georgia” by JR P The significance of a setting in a work of fiction cannot be underestimated. Poets can use precise details of setting to convey both an emotion they are trying to evoke or to symbolize an element that they are emphasizing. Writers often record…

Larry McMurtry and the Books We Cherish

There are books that stay with us our entire lives, embedding a spark of enlightenment, or transforming the way we see our world, or making us feel things we had never dwelled on before. For some of us, those are the books we read over and over again, returning to them with the same enjoyment that we feel when we hear from an old friend with whom we have been out of touch for a while. We lose ourselves in a time and a place that seems more appealing than the world we are living in, either because of the location or the people who populate it.