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The Musings of James Paddock

Saving Ebony: A Nail-Biting Page Turner

Posted Sepember 4, 2018

Here it is now on Amazon's digital bookshelf, Saving Ebony, The Story of Ebony Rose. I'm excited because it is the first time that one of my books has hit the market with a smashing review already under its belt. The amazing, Richard Devall, gives his honest opinion. Read more...

Smilodon - The Trilogy of Sabre-Toothed Cats

Posted August 19, 2018 (Revised from original post September 1, 2011)

The original Smilodon was published in 2002. Notice that the cover has changed. Along with that came a thorough edit and re-edit of the entire book for typos and story consistency. Thus is the NEW and IMPROVED Smilodon. Read more...

Cool Characters Can Be Found In My Birth City

Posted August 15, 2018 (Revised from original post October 27, 2011)

While southbound for home at the end of our vacation in August of 2011, we passed through Butte, Montana, the city in which I was born and from where have come some strange and cool characters. Has anyone heard of Evel Knievel or Martha Raye? As I stood at the historic marker and snapped the photographs that created the image above, I thought about the scenes from my novel, Angels in the Mist, which took place along several of Butte’s city streets and local businesses. Read more...

10+ Online Resources for Writers

Posted August 13, 2018 (Revised from original post Septermber 16, 2011)

There are a number of links to online resources for writers that I keep on my desktop while I’m writing. They include several different kinds of dictionaries, of course, as well as Sun & Moon data, the Almanac, a name generator, and more. I’d love to learn what resources other writers use.
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Characters and Timelines

Posted August 13, 2018 (Revised from original post August 22, 2011)

What methods do you employ in your novels to keep your characters and timelines, as well as scenes and events, straight? How do you make sure when you give a character green eyes in chapter 3 that you didn’t give her blue eyes in chapter 30, or that you don’t have your villain driving a ’98 Ford Explorer in one scene and a ‘98 Ford Expedition in another? Read more...

I've Stopped Writing and now I'm Getting Itchy Fingers

Posted August 13, 2018 (Revised from original post August 24, 2011)

In the words of fellow writer, Julie Anne Lindsey, in her blog, Musings From The Slush Pile, finishing a full manuscript is a monumental event. It is so monumental that after self-publishing my first 3 in 2002 I went on to finish another 4 full manuscripts (novels) over the following 9 years. Read more...

Who Remembers the Montauk Monster?

Posted August 12, 2018 (Revised from original post August 29, 2011)

One question I am sure to get anytime I do a reading or happen into a conversation with a non-writer about writing is, “Where are your sources of story ideas?” I ask you this: “What was that Montauk Monster that washed up on the Long Island beach back in 2008?” Read more...

Who is Dusty Books?

Posted August 12, 2018 (Revised from original post August 20, 2011)

Dusty Books is not about dusty books… or at times it can be if we are talking about a book that has been on the shelf gathering dust for some time. You could say it is about books we have read which now gather dust, or it is about some of us with more years behind us than ahead, who are maybe just sitting around with a lifetime of stories within us gathering our own dust. Read more...


 

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Who is
James Paddock?
James Paddock
James Paddock is author, novelist, playwright and stage actor, not to mention husband, father and pround grandfather of many beautiful and intelligent children. Still calling Montana his home, James spends his twilight years writing novels, short stories and plays, in between walking Florida beaches, playing pool and hanging out with his
wonderful wife, Penny.


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September 2018

>Saving Ebony: Page-Turner

August 2018

>Smilodon - The Trilogy

>Cool Characters in Butte

>Resources for Writers

>Characters & Timelines

>Itchy Fingers

>The Montauk Monster?

>Who is Dusty Books?