To Outline or Not to Outline – Or is There a Third Choice?

Something you might find useful. It’s an older blog that was linked to a recent one of Don’s.

Author Don Massenzio

This week’s blog focuses on the topic of whether or not it is better to outline your book or short story before you dive in and write. When I wrote my first book, it was in the days before airplanes allowed tablet devices to be used during that down time before the flight took off. I fly through Atlanta from Jacksonville, FL every week and usually the time waiting to take off exceeds the actual flight time. During those dark ages when ALL electronic devices had to be off and stowed, I wrote my first novel completely in longhand in notebooks. It was an interesting exercise that was very time consuming. I not only had to type everything I wrote later on, but, being a left-handed refugee from Catholic school, my handwriting is pretty horrible and I often had to guess at what I had written.

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Photos from Cindy Knoke that don’t fit a group but are stunning.

These are foundling fotos. (Hotel stairway, Lisbon).

Photos I don’t have a place for. (Selfridges elevator, Museum of London).

They stand alone. (Mask shop, Venice).

Unique in themselves. (Slava Ilyayev seriagraph, Budapest).

But somehow find connection. (Gaudi’s buildings, Barcelona).

A match made of artistry. (Palau Guell, Barcelona).

Cheers to you from beauty that stands alone. (Pier, Corfu)~
Note: Photos 2 & 4 make nice desktop backgrounds. Feel free to use them if you want a change.

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Well, things keep piling on…

Recent news from Kawanee.

Went to the dermatologist for my leg, where they confirmed that this is NOT a bruise. It’s a breakdown of the fatty layer of my leg, the stuff that protects muscle. It’s looking better, but has a long way to go. If it’s not better by March, he’s going to biopsy it.

Speaking of biopsies, I had him look at this small bump near my eye, you may have seen it on my picture where I’d scratched my eye. Well, turns out it is skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma… the mildest of cancers but still…


I have to go to a specialist sometime, waiting for the news on that. I know the prognosis is good for this kind of thing. BUT! I’m freaked out, I miss my hubby right now. I’m worried about if it will impact my eye, what kind of scarring I’m looking at, has it gotten…

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Sen McCain Pushed For Waiver Of The Jones Act For Puerto Rico And President Trump Agrees

Help needs to get there NOW, not after meetings.

Gronda Morin

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In the past, the Jones (shipping) act has been waived in US territories after the major storms of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but for some unexplained reasons, the republican President Donald Trump has been hesitating to do likewise for the US territory of Puerto Rico after this island that imports 85% of its food supplies, has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Update on morning of 9/28/17: News reports have been announcing that President Trump has decided to temporarily waive the the Jones Act.

The Jones Act bars foreign ships from delivering timely aid to Puerto Rico.

On September 26, 2017, the republican US Senator John McCain sent a letter criticizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for waiving the Jones Act in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but not for Puerto Rico.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On September 27, 3017, Natalie Andrews and Paul Page of the…

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Watching Paint Dry – Part II

Hilarious as usual.

What's So Funny?

I saw my first Donut Ambulance yesterday. Those of you who have a Hurts Donut Company near you may be familiar with their delivery vehicles and the opportunity to have donuts delivered to someone you love (or hate) by a scary clown.

I’m assuming the ambulance contains a couple of Emergency Donut Technicians (EMTs) who can hook up an IV and get a flow of glaze started in your system if your heart is suffering from Donut Arrest. Where were these folks when I was writing my essay on Donut Abuse?

If you are new to Friday Flash Fiction, the ringmaster of this 100-word circus is Krusty Kreme Wisoff-Fields. To learn how to join the Purple Insane Mime Posse (P.I.M.P.) sashay over to her blog for instructions. To rent a box in the FFF Hollywood Squares Authors Block click here.

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

I had taken…

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Dangerous Game

This is good advice someone in charge should take.


The posturing between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea would be mildly amusing it weren’t for the fact that both of these men seem to lack any sense of balance and both are marginally insane — and they sit on top of powder kegs playing with matches.

Their posturing ceased to be even slightly amusing when the North Korean foreign Minister recently cried “foul” and, not knowing that things don’t work this way, insisted that Trump has “declared war” on North Korea; they now have license to shoot down any American plane that ventures close enough to set off sparks. Meantime, the United States has chosen the moment to fly bombers with fighter escorts near the Korean border in a show of strength — at a time when the posturing needs to stop and clear heads need to take command — if there are any clear heads on either…

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