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Tale of Two Men: Online Behavior

  A Tale of Two Men Studying Online Behavior by Vicki Hinze   In the past year, I’ve watched a tale of two men unfold on social media. Actually, it is still unfolding. I won’t get specific because it’s political, [...]

Fog of War: Las Vegas

  Fog of War: Las Vegas By Vicki Hinze   Like most, I’ve never been in a war zone. I have had loved ones—at times, two members of my immediate family—in a war zone. The things the mind does to you during that time [...]

The Las Vegas Massacre

  The Las Vegas Massacre by Vicki Hinze   Last night, 59 people died and over 515 were injured in a terrorist attack in Las Vegas. Hospitals are overwhelmed, first responders are overwhelmed and people there and distant observers [...]

Stealing Joy

STEALING JOY by Vicki Hinze   Listen to the Audio We all have our soft underbelly; the one we avoid confrontation with whenever possible.  We’ve been there before, and we know how much it hurts.   Whether we call it someone stabbing [...]

IN HER OWN WORDS: HOW MARGARET DALEY COMES UP WITH HER STORIES

In Her Own Words by Vicki Hinze   Readers ask. Editors ask. And other writers ask:  How do you come up with your stories? The answer is simple, and complex. It’s different for every writer. Unique to that writer. For some, it’s [...]

Character and Credibility

  Character and Credibility By Vicki Hinze   This morning, doing time on my treadmill, I set aside my music and watched a few minutes of news—maybe four to five minutes of news—and in that time, I saw two members of congress [...]

Penny Thoughts

Penny Thoughts by Vicki HInze     Years ago, “a penny for your thoughts” was a common expression often heard when someone was deep in thought and another person wanted to know what they were thinking. It’s not a [...]

How You Create Your Reality

  How You Create Your Reality By Vicki Hinze     We want a better life. A more fulfilled life. A different life. But getting “there” from where we are now mystifies us. We have no idea how to go about it. Where do [...]

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW by Vicki Hinze I only met Elmore Leonard once, but I learned a lot reading his books.  While he had many admirable traits, I learned one new thing about him after his death:  He didn’t write his first [...]

THE SECRET: Key to Contentment

    THE SECRET:  Key to Contentment by Vicki Hinze   In writing, everything is fodder.  If you don’t need it for character, you need it for plot, setting or one of the other basic novel elements.  Where writers [...]