WE’RE IN THE NAVY NOW!

We’re in the Navy (Army) now, a 1940’s song. That’s the tune our walking partner had to be singing. Ed has been walking everyday since forever, says he. Maybe sixty years, He’s 92 now, if he’s a day. Ed is in good shape, we figure cause he’s had the walking habit....

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HISTORY IMAGINED: Hank Dempsey, Villain

The antagonist featured in Indigo Sky pens the driving force of his addictions After realizing his need for drugs, alcohol and money was all he cared about, Hank Dempsey tried to run, but trouble met him at each juncture. His birth, life and death reveal his path of...

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BEAUTY IN A BOTTLE

Beauty in a bottle has been around 6000 years. From the copper and lead ore that the ancient Egyptians used to create the world's first cosmetics to the scientifically advanced products of today that can do everything from hide pores, smooth complexions, and turn the...

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GUEST AUTHOR SAMANTHYA WYATT

Welcome. Yes, you are at Gail Ingis's blog. I invited my friend and colleague, Samanthya Wyatt, to post her Teaser Event to share with my readers. Feel free to visit her website to sign up to win book(s) from many different authors who she has sponsored over the last...

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WRITE WITH DESIGN IN MIND

Whitespace is a fundamental building block of good design. It’s the first design aspect that any visual designer is taught. What is whitespace? Let me say that it’s not always white. This space may be a color or texture. For authors, white space is the space between...

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IS IT DRAPES OR DRAPERIES?

WRITE DESIGN by Gail Ingis, ASID* Writing takes more than putting words on paper. Like broadly-scoped art, there are applicable concepts. Writing is creative, right? Creativity and art are parallel, and in all art, there are similarities. Which tools do you use, blank...

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23SKIDOO: FLAT IRON BUILDING

Twenty-three skidoo was a happening at a triangular site where Broadway and Fifth Avenue meet. The juxtaposition of the streets and a nearby park caused a wind-tunnel effect.  In the early twentieth century, men would hang out on the corner of Twenty-third Street and...

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GILDED AGE

The Gilded Age, circa 1870-1900, was a period of rapid economic and social growth characterized by the emergence of a wealthy middle class, excess and embellishment in architecture, art and fashion, fueled by mechanization, transportation, major inventions and the...

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AUTHOR ASSISTANT: AN INSIDE LOOK

Maria and I found each other at RWA 2014 Atlanta. We met over an iPod Nano. We never talked about writing, only music on her tiny Nano. The tiny toy and its 5000 songs fascinated me. She gave it to me. I’ll have it with me at Disney RWA this year. If you catch me,...

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GLEAN HISTORY

Architect Henry J Hardenbergh designed The Dakota in1884. A local chap, he was born in New Brunswick, NJ.  Schooled at Hasbrouck Institute in Jersey City, and apprenticed in New York from 1865-1870 under Detlef Lienau, architect of Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk,...

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WOMEN OF CONVICTION

Downright painful to think about the women who fought for freedom. Women were kept in the kitchen, away from the real world, but they were cunning, seeking education, politics, they formed organizations for freedom. Women  worked for our future. Twentieth century,...

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CHARACTER COMPLEXITY

Character Complexity. What in the world does this all mean? A story well told inextricably entwines place and person. The place is filtered through the person's personality, age, education, experiences, culture, nationality, friends and family. It's a must have for...

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NOW WHAT? SCRIVENER

Learning Scrivener has eluded me for five or six years. My first book, Indigo Sky, got born without it. Intentions are to cook up my sequel with it.  Not too long ago I took Pat Haggerty's workshop, all video, Scooped up hearing aids this time. Before that I attempted...

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