Ten Rules of Writing – Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a charac¬ter’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look¬ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be [...] Read more »

A Taste of “Deadly Soup”

  Deadly Soup by Dane Zeller   Camouflage Man watched traffic rush under the Sixth Street bridge north of downtown Kansas City. Cars, trucks and city debris were visible to him through his sunglasses. His post under the bridge was dark, hidden by the shadows that interspersed with the street light. At highway level, a [...] Read more »

Taxpayer Asks: What’s The Rush?

My Annual Friends

It’s too late for my insidious practice alert (ipAlert). Your CPA, protective of his time, scheduled your meeting on February 1st. You went. You’re done. No fuss, no worry, no tension caused by an impending tax filing deadline. Forget this insidious practice of early tax filing. The problems with early filing: 1. You give up [...] Read more »

The Art of the Knuckleball

The Art of the Knuckleball by Dane Zeller   At 33,000 feet, two hours west of Denver, flight attendant Joan Silvers stopped pouring coffee into paper cups. She sniffed the air. “Rhonda.” “Yeah, Joan.” “I smell smoke.” “Electrical?” Joan explored the galley at the front of the plane. The plane shook once and dipped in [...] Read more »