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Do Less, Achieve More

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of positive activity regarding my latest book, my memoir of the writing…

Being a Novelist Isn’t a Job, It’s a Lifestyle

Back in December, after having completed the first draft of a 550,000-word, 1,600-page novel, I took a nearly month-long vacation…

Perpetuating Trouble: I’m Livin’ the Dream! Or Am I?

I’m pleased to announce the release of my personal memoir about the writing life, Perpetuating Trouble. I’ve been working on this…

Procrastination as a Rarefied Art Form

A brief excerpt from my new humorous memoir, coming out this fall: I can’t speak for all blocked writers, but…

The Role of Scaffolding in Writing a Long Novel

I’m currently 250,000 words into a novel that looks like it will go to 300,000 words. It could go as…

WANTED: A 21st Century Author Promoter

UPDATE (2/10/2018): This position has been filled by longtime professional collaborator Lisa DeSpain of Book2Bestseller.com. I love writing. I love…

The Ronald And Other Plays: A Political Satire of How Trump Won the Presidency

Today I’m pleased to announce the release of The Ronald And Other Plays, a collection that includes five short plays and…

New Year, New Work

Back in December I released the latest installment in the Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, The Perfect Triple Threat. I spent most…

The Writer with the Master Number Clears the Deck

Two years ago, when I released the 3rd Dakota Stevens installment, I read one of those rare books that gave…

Only Have Time for Essentials

“At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.” — Virginia Woolf, diary, 3/22/1928 I stumbled upon…

Why This 2016 Writer is Going to the Woods

When Henry David Thoreau went to the woods by Walden Pond in Concord, Mass. in 1845, he had his own,…

A Lovely Authors’ Luncheon with the Junior League of Poughkeepsie

Today I attended an Authors’ Luncheon hosted by the Junior League of Poughkeepsie. The luncheon was a benefit to raise…

Out with the Old, In with the New

A New Year demands new writing projects and a new workspace. And since I’m a writer who is deeply inspired…

A REAL PIECE OF WORK — NOW ONLY 99¢!

Today I decided to price A Real Piece of Work, the 1st novel in my critically acclaimed Dakota Stevens Mystery…

Orcutt Books Holiday Sale!

Since October, I’ve been back at work on a few new projects, including new Dakota Stevens adventures, and to celebrate…

The Awesomeness that is Bond Day

For about the past 30 years—or ever since I got my driver’s license—my best friend Jason Scott and I have…

The Novelist Heals

Forget any romantic images you might have of novel-writing: that it’s nothing but staring out big picture windows at the…

Farewell, Facebook. Ta-Ta, Twitter. I’ve Got Writing to Do.

I’ve been tired of social media for a long time. However, like a drug addict, I’ve continued to take hits off…

“Almost Nailed It!” – My Appearance on Coast to Coast AM

It was long. At 2 hours on the phone, it was by far the longest interview I’ve ever done. But…

A Helium-3 and Oil Timeline: Is There a Conspiracy Between the U.S. Government and the Fossil Fuels Industry?

While doing research for my book A Truth Stranger Than Fiction, I found a lot of material on helium-3 and…