“Why Did You Take the Listing?”

by Tom on April 18, 2015

The protagonist in my novels is a coach and real estate agent specializing in second homes. His boss, a tough office manager, told an out-of-state owner to “find another office” when the owner requested a grossly inflated asking price. Recently, a longtime acquaintance and agent reduced the price of a waterfront second home by $500,000. […]

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One dark January night more than 30 years ago, I took a ferry across Puget Sound to see Christian Welp play basketball for Olympic High School in Bremerton. The campus, known mostly then for its swim-gym (a playground top can be rolled atop the indoor swimming pool, creating an additional full-court) sits close to the […]

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Fiction vs. Non-Fiction: Less structure does not mean fewer hours

October 31, 2014

I’m often asked about the difference between fiction and non-fiction writing. Both require dedication and preparation, yet a different mindset. Both also involve a ton of time. Less structure does not mean fewer hours. Forty years in the newspaper business teaches you all about deadlines, importance of accurate facts and writing to a definite space. […]

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