Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

“You invent fiction, but what you invent it out of is what counts. True fiction must come from everything you’ve ever known, ever seen, ever felt, ever learned.”–Ernest Hemingway

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September 13, 2013

Exploring the books from my past. I went through this whole phase where I was a total book snob. If the author hadn’t been dead for at least 50 years, I wasn’t going to read it. In the last few years, I have returned to current day writing and I am so glad I did. …

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I found this little gem while researching for my novel. It comes from a collection of Caroline Henderson’s writings in a book called Letters from the Dust Bowl. “In reality, education can only be attained by personal effort, and should be for each a continuing process, ending only with life itself, or possibly then just …

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Michael Ennis’ The Malice of Fortune had two things going against it when I started reading it. First, it deals with Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander IV, and his family’s reign in Italy. I know very little about this period. I knew this going in and bought it with eyes wide open. However, …

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