A. Passing strange...
A. Kaizen - "continuous improvement"
A. When I attain it, I'll let you know.
A. Right where I am, but with a personal transporter so I wouldn't have to deal with airports.
A. I'm much too fond of the word "myriad." I do use it correctly, but too often.
A. The Thor Power Tool decision. Every midlist writer knows exactly what I mean.
A. Facility with languages, and the ability to read music.
A. "Piano Man", "Let the River Run" - really any song that sings of dreams deferred but a determination to keep on trying.
A. Any author who can transport me to a place I've never been in the company of interesting characters. Among them: John le Carre, Martin Cruz Smith, James Lee Burke, many, many others.
A. Love the writing for its own sake, and be prepared to sacrifice years of your life for something that might never come to pass.
A. "There are too many flashbacks!" alternating with "I've read your book six times, and I cried every time."