• How important are the opening words of a novel? Heck if I know, but the self-proclaimed authorities, the ones writing all those books that aspiring and fragile authors mine for guiding gems, seem to agree in large part that these desperate neophytes had better apply the greatest degree of craft possible to this beginning moment.   […] Read more…


  • I love to read because the power of language to convey thoughts and ideas is compelling and seductive. I’m putty in the hands of an excellently crafted sentence. I copy them into my journal.  In this blog I want to share the writing of another, Edwin M Todd MD, JD, PhD. Yep, my Dad. At […] Read more…


  • In The Nibelungen Hoard I created ordinary people and placed them in extraordinary environments. After all, isn’t that what war is all about? The two places and periods through which the characters navigate are Berlin during the last days the Third Reich in March and April , 1945 and again at the fall of the […] Read more…


  • If you Google “writers and journals”, you find a rich source of articles and blogs, websites and forums all giving good advice and sound reasons for a writer to keep a journal. A few sites venture into the journals of famous writers, so I followed. What I found is these people are really keeping diaries. […] Read more…


  • I love history. Who couldn’t? You can’t make up the things that are more spellbinding than the stuff people have done in the past. No fiction is more dramatic than the stories that can be told about the Titanic, or Waterloo, or the hunt for James Wilkes Booth, or the murder of Beckett. With that […] Read more…


  • I would never have even attempted to write something as long as a novel in the days before the PC brought us WordPerfect and WordStar. I look back at some of the things I did in the 70’s and I see a massive mess of crossing out, looping and arrowing, and scribbling between lines and […] Read more…


  • When I started writing The Nibelungen Hoard I thought it was to be a treasure hunt story with good guys and bad guys clashing as they chase the fantasy, a story of the likes of Indiana Jones or Treasure Island. Maybe it is, the reader can decide. What I didn’t realize until one of my […] Read more…


  • With the publication in November of “The Nibelungen Hoard” (ISBN 13: 9780692288566, Library of Congress Control Number: 2014916790, ET3 Publishing, Boulder, CO) I am officially an author of fiction. Reviews have been very good, which is what every fragile author needs and craves. I am grateful. This was a 20 year-long project, born in the […] Read more…