Doc’s Blog #2

A huge thank you to Rick Bettencourt who made this blog and my Newsletter (the first of which is in the works and will be sent out shortly) possible. Relatedly, Rick’s technological expertise has been instrumental in refurbishing my Facebook page as well (

I just finished reading Russell Bank’s Lost Memory of Skin, a memorable depiction of our society’s definition of and legal reaction to sexual offenders and the lives we throw away. Banks presents our troubled society’s blind demand for zero tolerance, while it hypocritically and salaciously  sexualizes its entertainment industry–and in the process loses all sense of compassion, reason, and common sense. It’s a thought-provoker. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work, eg. Rule of the Bone and the Sweet Hereafter.

I’m currently writing the last pages of the next to last chapter of Escape From Xanadu. The end is in sight–except for final editing, front and back covers, etc. If you liked Huckleberry Finn, The Great Santini, and Penrod, you’ll love Escape From Xanadu. Its got it all and then some. John Yeoman’s statement is appropriate here, “Our youthful adventures are the stuff of legend, retold in tranquility.”

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“Doc’s” Blog

Welcome to Doc’s blog. If you’re wondering what it has to offer, here is a brief description—subject to change:

  1. I’ll be discussing what I’m writing about at the time, whether it’s a memoir, novel, short story, flash fiction—whatever.
  2. I plan on sharing my thoughts on what I’ve just finished reading–a sort of review.
  3. I expect to rant and rave about current trends, expectations, and aspects of the writing, publishing, marketing world.
  4. I shall comment on those current events that provoke me.

Additionally, you can sign up for my newsletter, which I plan on publishing monthly and which will contain a brief list of freebies, giveaways, several words-of-the-day and their definitions (a must for writers), up-coming writing contests, what’s going on with me and/or my writing, and interesting factoids that may inspire a writing frenzy—or not.