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A View Of Kensington Gardens

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." - J.M. Barrie, from his novel The Little Minister (1891)

When I think of growing up, the characters and imaginary places in the works of James M. Barrie are never far from my thoughts. I've stood in front of his house looking… Continue

Added by R. Michael Phillips on December 22, 2009 at 1:23pm — No Comments

A tip of the hat from Sherlock Holmes

Some of my earliest memories of reading center on the excitement I found in the pages of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I was just a lad, so I was forever looking up those huge words Sir Athur Conan Doyle used in his narratives with Holmes and Watson. I couldn't pronounce most of them, and I was quite sure they would never come up in conversations with my school mates, but I was determined to understand every aspect of the stories. Doyle made quite an impression on me, and that excitement has… Continue

Added by R. Michael Phillips on December 8, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Have You Hugged An Editor Lately?

It takes talent, patience and a skilled editor to make a good book great. This is a friendly reminder in an age of POD and the “you can’t get it out there fast enough” attitude. Don’t let the enthusiasm to see your name in print allow you to sidestep these three elements. Getting it out there fast might satisfy your ego, but the last time I checked, egos don’t buy books.



Here you are, two years of your life spent compiling the pages of your first novel. Think about all the research… Continue

Added by R. Michael Phillips on December 5, 2009 at 12:38pm — No Comments

The Story Behind The Art





I'm an artist by trade and the urge to write came quite by surprise. I've dabbled in it a bit before but nothing as monumental as writing a mystery novel. Writing, I found, and very much to my surprise, was just painting with words. With a brush I can gently stroke indigo blue or vermilion onto a canvas to shadow a face in remorse. The same can be… Continue

Added by R. Michael Phillips on November 18, 2009 at 6:15pm — 2 Comments

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