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Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

NOTE:  I was recently approached by The MAGA Institute to be their Historian-in Residence. I happily and readily agreed, eager to be a part of their ongoing campaign to update such antiquated concepts as truth, facts, accuracy and history.   As a lecturer in...

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Battleships and Sailboats

Battleships and Sailboats

When Crowded Ocean (my marketing consultancy with Carol Broadbent) was in business, the core of our engagement with our startup clients was a positioning/messaging workshop we conducted with the startup founder(s) and core players. One of the things we taught that, as they entered an established market as a decided underdog, they needed to leverage their major advantage: the ability to adjust to changing market conditions on the fly, unburdened by the status quo (legacy products and customer expectations).

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Two Great Tools

Two Great Tools

Steinbeck used to contrast his “big books” (East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath) with his smaller gems (Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men) and the difficulties that each type of book posed. One of my early readers, who has read all three of my novels, has been after me to write a ‘big book’ with Silicon Valley at its core. I didn’t set out to make my next novel ‘big’ just to satisfy my friend, but as I laid it out, I realized that it was going to be at least half again as big as its predecessors. It had more of everything: characters, locations, back stories, technologies, etc. So I got in touch with some writer friends and asked for their advice.

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Left For Alive

Two brothers and their ex-con cohorts are investigated at every turn by press and police. Their violent mysteries start to unravel, until a final revelation gives one brother a new life while ending the life of the other.