Wow, have I ever learned that the hard way! In my novel, ‘Moon over Berlin, Sun over Santorini,’ I have quite a few Soviet military characters with three names each, military rank, and preferred nickname.

If I didn’t organize all that somehow, I’d be doing nothing but search around for details when I write.

I’m in between a planner and seat-of the-pants writer, in that I’m open and even enthusiastic about letting my characters take me places that my outline didn’t foresee. But I try to stay organized no matter what. Because once I sit down to create, I wanna be able to create and not be my own research assistant.


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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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