Agatha Christie: Five Decades of Mysteries

Agatha Christie's creation
Hercule Poirot

To me, Agatha Christie was the Master of Mysteries. I know Poe came first. But his stories were more puzzles. He didn’t focus on mysteries like Agatha, or rather, the Grand Dame, did. Dr. Conan Doyle, with Sherlock, brought us the great detective story. But Agatha gave us three major detectives or couples, including Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and the ones I loved, Tommy and Tuppence. She brought the mysteries into our homes. At least the homes in England. And her detectives

Recently my sweet wife brought home a book that I think is a treasure. Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran. Continue reading “Agatha Christie: Five Decades of Mysteries”

Learning From Feedback, or Why you should grow a tougher skin

Getting feedback on your work.

Recently I had a post on The Write Conversation about getting feedback as a writer. Hearing criticism is rarely fun, even when the person is correct and the feedback is helpful. It’s hard to look past the slap in the face.

But we learn by receiving criticism, especially good criticism from people who know what they are talking about. In my post I gave four places to go to get feedback on your writing.

You can read the post here.

If you find this helpful, or have anything to add, please leave me a comment. And as always, thanks for reading.

Fight Cyberbullying With Positive Words – Advice from Lori Hatcher

Man writing blog post.

Before I direct you to a great post by Lori Hatcher about the power of positive words, I want to tell you about some thoughts I have for the direction of this blog.

As you can see from my recent posts, I’ve gotten negligent in my posting. When I think about it, the reason is simple, I’ve lost my focus.

I know many other bloggers run into this. I’ve had this blog going since 2013. The ideas I started with have run out, and my life and  many of my goals have changed. When I started, the purpose of this blog was to help people find jobs and grow in their careers. Although that’s important, it’s no longer my priority.

But not only did my focus change, I was trying to write as the mood hit. It’s hard to continue when you don’t have a goal, a destination.

So, for the next little while, I’m concentrating on a few topics I find important: Continue reading “Fight Cyberbullying With Positive Words – Advice from Lori Hatcher”