A Tribute to Lucky

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Writing can be healing. Here’s a little tribute I wrote for our beloved cat, Lucky, who crossed the bridge yesterday: Every cat has a story. Seventeen years ago, in the middle of a typical Vegas summer, my wife Tamera-Tammy Seeker Rouff stopped at a red light at Maryland and Flamingo when she noticed a woman…
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John Perry Barlow’s 25 Principles of Adult Behavior

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I’d never heard of John Perry Barlow until recently, when a friend forwarded me these 25 Principles of Adult Behavior. Unfortunately, Barlow, a Silicon Valley visionary and erstwhile Grateful Dead lyricist (chew on that for a second), had already died earlier this year, so we won’t be having any spirited conversations over a beer or…
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The Old Man and a Smile

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My wife and I had a fun time yesterday watching “The Old Man and a Gun,” Robert Redford’s latest, and possibly last, film. It’s a congenial, leisurely stroll through a mostly true story about a gentleman bank robber who truly loves his work. Redford and co-star Sissy Spacek warm the screen, as does an eclectic…
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Guest Post from Teri Love

My friend Teri Love just posted a funny and relatable excerpt of the inner turmoil she experiences while trying to write. I re-post it here with her permission. (I wonder which sport she’ll choose): Things I think during the writing of my research paper: This makes NO SENSE. I’m an incoherent fool! This is good…
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“Just Add Words”

One of my favorite taglines ever is for the screenwriting software Final Draft: “Just add words. ” It’s that easy. And that difficult. Of course, you need to know which order to put them in. But that’s what rewriting is for.
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Do you wanna know a secret?

Do you promise not to tell? Okay, here goes: All three of my Las Vegas novels, “Dice Angel,” “Money Shot,” and “The House Always Wins,” are essentially the same story. Sure, they feature different characters, different challenges and different timelines. But the structure is the same. The main character, through a combination of luck (good…
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Take That!

Even those of us who are old and cranky and thick-skinned sometimes get stung by a particularly brutal rejection or review. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been able to convert the negativity into fuel for future success, essentially an “I’ll show you, you mother-effer” approach. But I’ve never seen better advice than this rant from…
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Going Deep

My friend, Marek Biernacinski, is an original thinker and a talented wordsmith in his own right. Recently, he crafted an Amazon review for my new Las Vegas ghost novel, “The House Always Wins,” that goes much deeper than the typical feedback authors tend to get on these types of sites. I love it because he…
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If I Die Tomorrow . . .

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I’ll be pissed. But I’ll also be satisfied. Because I crossed “writing a novel” off my bucket list. Four times. Plus a bunch of short stories and other forms of fiction from flash to serial. I know how hard it is to do something many people talk about but few actually achieve. I know the…
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