Category Archives: Sports

A Post About Barry Zito and Writing

Today’s post at the Magical Words blogsite is about writing, and the creative lessons to be learned from the success of an aging baseball pitcher.  The post is called “Writing to Our Strengths, or What I Learned From Barry Zito.” … Continue reading

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Off to the Races With a New Story Idea

Sometimes inspiration for a story will come at the oddest times from the oddest places.  A case in point: I was just thumbing through a book on the history of Boston, called When In Boston: A Time Line and Almanac … Continue reading

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Today in Boston’s History: Fenway

Usually my “Boston’s History” posts relate to the pre-Revolutionary era, the period that serves as the backdrop for the Thieftaker books and stories.  But today marks a very special occasion in the history of the city, one that I could … Continue reading

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New England v. New York: Where My Loyalties Lie

Yeah, I know.  I write about Boston.  It’s the setting for the Thieftaker novels and several short stories that are either in print, in production, or under consideration at one magazine or another.  And I do love Boston — great … Continue reading

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The 1760s a “Golden Age”? I Don’t Think So

Last night I watched Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, an homage to 1920s Paris, and to that “Golden Age” when the City of Light’s streets were haunted by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso.  It … Continue reading

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