About Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio is the author of Frankly Speaking - A Frank Rozzani Detective novel and the follow-up, Let Me Be Frank. He has also written several short stories.

Photography 101: Open Your Eyes and Look Around

Check out this post in Stephen Dennstedt’s Photography 101 series on observing what’s around you from his blog.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Open your eyes and look around. There is a whole unseen world swirling around you every second of every day. Photography can be your window to that world regardless of your skill level: beginner, intermediate or advanced. It doesn’t matter whether you shoot with an iPhone, 4/3 mirrorless or Pro-level DSLR.

What matters is that you shoot. For some people photography is a way to record experiences, for others it’s a creative art form and for a few it’s a business. Throw in the descriptors passion and compulsion and it checks all of my boxes. At the very least photography can open your eyes. Photography is visual medium after all.

We can all appreciate the natural beauty in our world but it’s not always about the beauty. Sometimes we need to see the bad and the ugly that complements the good. Death gives life meaning and ugly…

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Tips for Writers: 5 Ways to Increase Revenue Through Your Website

Check out this great post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog with tips on ways to increase revenue through your website.

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Christina Battons | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookAs you know, I’m a web developer by day and author by night. So, this guest post by Christina Battonsa web content expert in Los Angeles, was of particular interest to me. Christina is a creative writer who is able to connect various thoughts into a single theme. She loves to stay up-to-date on the latest content marketing trends. Her works have been published on Custom-writings.net and other resources. You can connect with Christina on Twitter.

5 Ways Writers Can Increase Revenue Through Their Website

Web design | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book A website is an important business tool. Image: Pexels

Are you a creative writer searching for ways of increasing the number of visitors to your website–and your revenue?

In this day and age, it is crucial for you to have a website that will stand out and make you popular. A website is a very important business tool. A well thought-out…

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Characters and what or who inspires them – by Aurora Jean Alexander…

Check out this great guest post from talented author and blogger Aurora Jean Alexander on characters and what or who inspires them from The Story Reading Ape Blog.

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When I start developing a character sometimes, I construct the person in my head; then I start writing down how she/he is going to be. First the ‘shell,’ then the inside. I very rarely ‘use’ someone I already know… someone I have met or is familiar to me.

It’s more that sometimes I recognize later, after the first draft, when I’m typing the book into the computer, that I find similarities with people I know.

This one time it’s a bit different.

A couple of months back I met a new co-worker of mine. She’s simply beautiful with her shiny black hair, blue ocean deep eyes, and her open, symmetrical heart-shaped face.

We talked about her descants and found out; she’s Irish. After talking to her and listening to her wonderful Irish accent, I decided I would love to use her as one of my main characters in one of…

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How I Almost Destroyed My Writing Career Before It Even Started

Check out this thought provoking post from the Novelty Revisions blog with how a writing career can be destroyed before it is started.

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My senior year of college, I wrote a mission statement for a grade. And for a long time before and after that, I didn’t take it seriously.

I even changed my Twitter bio. “Helping you [people] learn to live a smarter, healthier life.”

I wanted to do that through writing. Because of course I did. Writing was my “thing.”

But for a long time, I couldn’t fulfill that mission. Because I kept trying to fill my resume with as much “relevant experience” as I could fit onto a single page.

That meant I worked 50+ hours a week writing things I didn’t particularly enjoy. And because my schedule was always so full, I had a really hard time meeting deadlines. I’d procrastinate to the extreme and fail to turn my work in on time (surprisingly, my biggest pet peeve).

I couldn’t juggle all my writing responsibilities for all my clients…

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Reboot Your Book To Sell More Books

Check out this great post from the How to eBook blog with tips on how to reboot your book to sell more books.

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Reboot Your Book To Sell More Books

I have a new book out this week called How to Revise and Re-Release Your Book and I wrote it because rebooting books is kind of a big deal right now – especially if your goal is to sell more books. There are lots of reasons revising and re-releasing your book is a good idea. Maybe you didn’t get it quite right when the book first launched, maybe it needs revision, or maybe the book is old and you want to breathe new life into it by re-releasing it. These are all great reasons to consider a reboot. And it’s certainly a great way to sell more books. Once you’ve made this decision, your next question might be whether or not you need a new book cover.

In almost every case, the answer to this is going to be a resounding yes.

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Photography 101: Recording a Moment for Posterity

Here is another great post in the Photography 101 series from Stephen Dennstedt’s blog.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

What do I love about photography? Well—lots of things actually. But maybe the biggest thing is the illusion (or delusion) that we can stop time—freeze it in its tracks. Obviously we can’t stop time, that would defy the law of physics.

What we’re really doing, as photographers, is recording a fleeting moment (sometimes only a nanosecond) in time for posterity (for future reference). Even though that doesn’t defy the law of physics it is still pretty darn amazing.

Man did this for the very first time in 1826 (less than 200 years ago). In 2014, according to Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report, people uploaded an average of 1.8 billion digital images every single day. That’s 657 billion photos per year. Another way to think about it: Every two minutes, humans take more photos than ever existed in total 150 years ago. In certain respects photography…

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I Wasn’t There But I Heard it All*

Check out this thought-provoking post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog on the topic of recorded conversations and their use in crime fiction writing.

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As this is posted, it’s 103 years since Thomas Edison invented the telescribe, a device for recording telephone conversations. Since that time, of course, technology has dramatically changed the way conversations are recorded. But the basic idea – that someone can record and later listen to one’s telephone conversations – hasn’t.

The notion of recording private telephone conversations without consent is controversial. On the one hand, wiretapping can lead to valuable information that catches criminals. On the other, there are serious issues of privacy and civil rights when telephone conversations are recorded. So, in general (not to say this always happens!), the police need a warrant in order to be allowed to record someone’s conversations without that person’s consent.

As you can imagine, there are plenty of mentions of wiretapping in crime fiction. And it doesn’t just happen in spy thrillers. Space only permits a few examples; I know you’ll…

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