Requiem for an English Teacher: Richard James Cima, 1932-2012

Summer in the Russell household. Hot weather. Baseball on the flat-screen. Dachshund sleeping, belly up, on the sofa. Around the 7th inning, I reach for the iPod and check my email. Last night there were five messages… Yes. Uh-huh. Okay…  And then, while I was reading, a new one popped up. The subject heading was … Read more…

Writer Tech: quoting sources in historical fiction

Yesterday an email came in asking me a technical question about writing historical fiction about a real person. “My subject wrote an autobiography in the 1940s…. How does one handle first-person material without plagiarizing? If your subject recounts a conversation, can you paraphrase that conversation? If you rewrite the conversation with different words, are you … Read more…

It’s never easy.

“Shakespeare in Love” is one of my favorite movies. The screenplay is funny and clever and exciting and moving. The casting was perfect and the acting is grand. The costumes are almost distractingly gorgeous, especially when you watch in high def. Even the music is good. In my opinion, “Shakespeare in Love” is the only … Read more…