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First Doctor's Visit In Years

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Yesterday, I had my first doctor's appointment in several years. Hey, I've been healthy. Shocking, I know. There was a sign on the outside door saying masks required, and a sign on the interior door saying the same thing. T... read more

Another Way: Beyond The Status Quo

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Anti-corp­orate crusader Dobie Pokorny wants to save the world from corp­orate titans like Colonel Charon­ne. The latter and his henchmen are deter­mined to stop him. On Dobie's "speak­ing truth to power"... read more

Inspiration For My Novels And Novellas

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I just put this together and thought I'd share it on this blog in addition to my writing platform. ... read more

A Couple Of Freebies Here

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My latest attempt at monetization on BuyMeACoffee.com... until they cancel me for being politically incorr... read more

Elements Of A Story

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What are the main ? Setting; Character; Plot; Conflict; Theme; Point-of-view; Tone; Style; Read the rest here: ... read more

The Faded Page

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"Free eBooks forever. FP now includes 6312 eBooks in its collection." Books in the public domain. Read the rest here fadedpage.com... read more

Ingredients Of A Novel

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VARIOUS WRITERS' RULES Write a draft. Then let it rest. -- Stephen King;Read a lot. -- King;Never use a long word when a short one will do. -- George Orwell;Never use the... read more

Random Book Reviews

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From Lionel, January 2013: I just finished reading ... read more

Semmy Quotes (From Another Way: Beyond The Status Quo)

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"Don't be scared when you feel you are about to die. You're not frightened when you wake up in the morning, are you? Pretty much the same thing. 'Life is but a dream!'""We are from beyond the Pleiad... read more

Alex Pannas Quotes (From Operation Detour)

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"If I seem flippant, that's just how I cope. You either laugh or you cry. You apparently start referring to yourself in the second person, too.""I'm a trusting person. I just took my doctor's word for it.&qu... read more

Benny Reed Quotes (From Lottery President)

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"You really think the President is in charge of anything? He's a figurehead, a spokesman... he's the country's Vanna White.""Instead of voting for the person they like best, they vote for the one they think... read more

Colonel Charonne Quotes (From Another Way: Beyond The Status Quo)

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"You're that Commie, Pokorny! I should shoot you where you stand!""Pokorny's still out there selling that tripe and it needs to stop. Now! I want him gone! You know what I'm saying?" ... read more

Dobie Pokorny Quotes (From Another Way: Beyond The Status Quo)

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"If you're not a conspiracy theorist these days, you're just not paying attention. Sure, some scoff at the mere thought of conspiracy, but ask any detective, lawyer or judge — if you can find an honest one — ... read more

Riva Petkovic Quotes (From Operation Detour)

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"You might be smart with computers, but in real life you are a complete idiot.""Programmer, data entry clerk, whatever. How have you not gone insane already!?""Put some clothes on! Nobody wants to... read more

Ol' Lightnin' Quotes (From The Lazy Pug Cafe)

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"It's not a tree's purpose in life to stand around being picturesque. Not this tree, at least. Maybe that weeping willow up front, or my old friends ruthlessly cut down in their prime when this place was built, but a migh... read more

Feeding Horses In The Rain

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is such a painThe horses trot by and splash mud in my eyeI toss all the flakesmissing puddles and small lakesThe wind picks up fast as blankets go on lastI make my way ... read more

Lee Child Quote

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"Don't get it right, get it written!" -- Lee Child NEW! Random samples of d... read more

Freewrite, The Device For Distraction-Free Writing

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Article about it here, and the manufacturer's website here. ... read more

My Most Recent EBooks

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Two of my ebooks are available free of charge all month (July) at Smashwords. The links are at the bottom of that page. I've already "sold" five copies si... read more

The Good Old Days

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Ah, the good ol' days when the shelves were full! Click the image.... read more

More Advice For Writers

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People read fiction seeking clarity. One of the worst things a writer can do is to create confusion. I'm referring to the payoff at the end of the book. People also read fiction for something better than reality, or at least better th... read more

Political Compass Test

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"Welcome! It's timely to stress that The Political Compass has been on the internet since 2001. The uniqueness of our take on politics is reflected in the gratifyingly enthusiastic reviews we've enjoyed in the national medi... read more

Thoughts On Writing

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Louis L'Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn't impress me at the time, but now it does.Not one, but two dogs threw up behind me as I wrote. Was that a commentary on my writing? Wouldn'... read more

The Lazy Pug Cafe

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My latest short story, based on our real life pugs Daisy, Chandler and Joey, the latter of whom is the only one still alive and barking. See smile.amazon.com-dp-B08... read more

Review My Books

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If you've read any of my novels, please give them a review on Amazon (click the book's image, below or on the right, then click the "Write a Customer Review" button on its Amazon page, to the left), on ... read more

Good Article About Storytelling

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"Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed?" Go to ... read more

Best Fiction Of 2019

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No Annoying Prompts

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Aren't you glad we don't have any of those annoying pop-up ads asking you to join our newsletter? Ironic, isn't it, given that we are an "online newsletter?"Please support this website, should you be so inclined: buy one o... read more

Best And Worst Self-Publishing Sites

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Good site showing who to trust (or not) when it comes to self-publishing: self-publishing-service-reviews... read more

Most Popular Site On The Internet

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This is the 12,157,539th most popular website in the world, according to silktide.com! Wow! We have hit the big time. See image here: ... read more

Support This Site

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...should you be so inclined:Buy one of my books at Amazon or SmashWords ... read more

How To Support This Website

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Please support this website, should you be so inclined: buy one of my novels-novellas; buy me a (virtual) cup of coffee ... read more

History Of Friendsnews.Com

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FYI for those researching insignificant corners of the web: Wayback Machine Please support this website, should you be so inclined: buy one of ... read more

All Of My Books

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See Novels-NovellasFeatured... read more

Operation Detour

( culture / writing / books / novels )
Riva, a beautiful young "black ops" agent on her first assignment, tries to turn Alex into her own "asset" just to prove she can. When he loses both his job and his girlfriend, she thinks he's putty in her hands. When he decides to go ou... read more

Last Train Out

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Clay and his adopted daughter Jenna look forward to their upcoming homeland tour to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. After she goes missing, he learns she is not the innocent little girl he once though... read more

Temporary Insanity

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Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (typist). For his latest assignment, he thought he was taking just another temp job. He didn't anticipate Ve... read more

Recently-Discovered Book Repository

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"HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world." See ... read more

How To Move A Book Store

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A rent increase forced the owners of October Books to move locations in Southampton. They used a crowd funding campaign and loans to buy a former bank location about 500 feet down the street for $400,000.Cool! ... read more

Best Thrillers Of All-Time

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According to the Telegraph, anyway. An interesting list. Several if not most of these were... read more

Novels Novellas

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Did I mention I've written a few novels-novellas? ... read more

Cats Disrespecting Pugs

( culture / writing / pets )
So, I'm lying on the bed with the pug Joey between my legs. No, that's not a figure of speech. I'm referring to an actual dog, actually between my calves. Anyway, the cat (Sunny) comes up, thinks about jumping across my legs to the ot... read more

Novellas And Novels

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Free novellaTemporary Insanity"Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. work... read more

Folding Clothes

( culture / writing / blog / home-garden )
I thought I'd watch some sports while (making up for my complete lack of doing chores yesterday). My choices were NBA basketball (where travelling is only called after 6 or 7 steps), bull riding (where I just feel sorry f... read more

Airlines Misbehaving

( culture / writing / blog / airlines )
United Airlines says "Thank you, American Airlines, now everyone finally knows we're not the ONLY a--holes!" Yes, the woman was ... read more

Local Pick Up

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Just ordered a $10 item on eBay. They offered " in Las Vegas, Nevada" versus delivering it. I live in Nashville. I need to decide if it's worth driving out there. Suggestions?... read more

Writers Need Followers?

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Publishers and writing "gurus" preach that writers need followers. The problem is that emotionally-stable people don't want followers, they want friends, compatriots, people who listen, not followers. Especially zo... read more

Fence Guy

( culture / writing / blog / home-garden )
So, the wife texts me saying, " quoted $35500 to do the fence. He's coming out Wednesday." This is a fence repair for a small backyard, not a new thousand acre fence. Me: "How much?!" Wife (... read more

Last Train Out (Again)

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Clay ... read more

Recent Tweets

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Note: I am no longer on Twitter or Facebook. I remember when I didn't know what a "tweet" was, other than the sound a bird makes. It wasn't so long ago, either. Below is just a random list of tweets. Pathetic, I know, but I felt the ... read more

My Novels

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Read the rest here WilliamArthurHolmes.comGo to Another peak at my books Over the past year, ... read more

Requiem For A Pigeon

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by BillWe witnessed a pigeon's demiseRight here on the dock o' the BayThere was nothing we could doNothing we could sayIt just wasn't the pigeon's dayWe tried mouth-to-beakAnd the Heimlich techniqueBut the ... read more

Advice For Writing

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A writer's narrative perspective (their "voice," or, how they come across to their reader) must be: This is me talking to you. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. It's not: This is me 100 years ago speaking in a "classical" vo ... read more


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Note: I am no longer on Twitter or Facebook, but here's what I've managed to salvage from back then. My Twitter feed: ... read more

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain?

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infographic. Interesting ... to me, anyway. "Most of us write a littl... read more

Just Another Sunday

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Wife and kid are off at this thing called "church." Maybe you've heard of it. I'm not sure what to make of it. :) I'm basically just hanging out waiting for the new mattress to be delivered. We told the delivery guy, "Anytime!" He so... read more

Started A New Story Today

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I started writing a new story today. Can't say much about it except that it's pretty much sci-fi, though it might wander into religion and politics. So, yeah, it should offend just about everyone. Then I took a break and started clea... read more

About My Books

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Go to williamarthurholmes.com... read more

Cracking Up Over Lottery President

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Here's one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn't pay him to do this. ... read more

Lottery President

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Guest Posting

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I've been following and listening to Jeff Goins's TribeWriters program, and he says an important aspect to successful blogging (at least as far as getting noticed) is to "guest post" ... read more

I Am Now A Published Author

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OK, so it's SELF-published, but still ... :) It's called "Lottery President." Hopefully, it's at least slightly entertaining... read more

Blog Content

( culture / writing / blog / internet )
I'm as guilty as anyone about trying to add content to my blog just for the sake of content (because search engines look for and rate highly based on how "fresh" your blog's content is). But someone whose blog-newsletter I subscribe to h... read more

Great Suction

( culture / writing / blog / home-garden )
In preparation for the much-anticipated Comcast installation (Internet, not TV), I do as they suggest and clear out a space where I want them to put the cable wall jack. Once I have ... read more

Tried To Mow The Lawn

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Well, I , but the lawnmower wouldn't start. I swear. :) It's probably all clogged up from sitting there unused all winter. It was a hand-me-down mower, anyway, probably in need of replacing, but that's just ... read more

Your Novel Blueprint

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Good article for writers. "Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming... Read the rest here... read more

My Writer's Platform

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WilliamArthurHolmes.com is my "writer's platform," with a page showing where you can buy, preview and-or review a... read more

Fooling Themselves

( culture / writing / blog / politics )
The "elites" are adept at into thinking they know best. The superiority they bestow upon themselves is a convenient justification for keeping us "commoners" in the dark, and themselves in power.... read more

A Couple Of Books/Novellas On Kindle

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I've published a couple of books-novellas on Kindle recently: "Lottery President" is a political thriller; and ... read more


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Writers on the subject of My author's page Books... read more

New Rules For Writers

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Anis Shivani: : Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More."These "rules" totally go against ... read more

Screenplay Submitted

( culture / writing / screenplays )
I submitted a screenplay to Scriptapalooza today. See scriptapalooza.com. The first deadline is Friday the 5th. The real deadline is April 15. I think first prize is $10,000, but... read more

My Family Members' Books

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Scared... read more

Thawing Out

( culture / writing / blog / weather )
Hopefully. It snowed a good 5-6 inches Friday in and around Nashville. It wasn't good snowman-snowball snow, though. Not in our neighborhood, anyway. It was too crusty because of the freezing rain that came after the snow. It made for gr... read more

A Day Without My Car

( culture / writing / blog / transportation )
I'm just testing this Windows Live Writer software. UPDATE: There's now a newer, "open-source" version here.... read more

New Fence

( culture / writing / blog / home-garden )
I forgot to mention that I built a fence last weekend. It only spans about 12 feet from the side of the house to the retaining wall dividing us from our slightly-uphill neighbor. I've still got to cut a gate into it. Hopefully, I can pul... read more

Poetry By Friendsnews Members

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A Prince in Disguise A Saga of Seven Hats ... read more


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by Jeannie Womack Joseph wore many in his life,the first one was of son,next an officer, a Dutch Marine, ... read more

People You'll Be Missing And Why

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by Jeannie WomackThe time has come for you to move on,but I'm sure you'll be missing us while you are gone;No ... read more

A Prince In Disguise

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by Jeannie Womack We met on the race track in '72I couldn't resist his eyes, so blueWe soon fell in love and st ... read more

The Run

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by Jeannie Womack Running in the rain isn't the paina non-runner might think it would beI put on my j ... read more

A Saga Of Seven

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This is a story in the style called rapthat'll surely encourage an afternoon napof a family of seven, their kids and their wivesand something regarding their travels and lives. Now first there was Greg, a Brooklyn-b ... read more


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Vernon Coleman ... read more

The Legend Of Conan

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(Irish Traditional)Once there was a kittenConan was his nameHe grew to nearly 20 poundsBut a kitten he remainedHe grew to be ferociousFeared throughout the landHush, my child and you shall hear... read more

A Girl Named Lucy

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from 1990 This is a story 'bout Otherwise known as "The Rappin' Watusi"She lays down a beat that gets your toes tappin'If your toes get tired, let your fingers do the snappin'She says "Hey buddy,... read more

A Day At The Races

( culture / writing / stories / horseracing )
from 1994The first Saturday in May. What does this date mean to you? Probably nothing, except that Spring has finally arrived, unless you live in California where it's been Spring already for two months or more - real Sprin... read more

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