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Ford Needs to Remember its Roots

I love Ford Mustangs. This must be understood or nothing wonderful can come from this tale. Full disclosure, I own a beautiful black 2007 Ford Mustang, a retro styled dream that I baby to this day. It is not pictured above. That sensuous marvel is the limited release all-electric Ford Mustang designed to look like…
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MUSIC MONDAY: The Beatles Abbey Road Boxed Set

My sons gifted me the fairly recent vinyl deluxe boxed set of The Beatles’ classic Abbey Road. And what a gift it is. The main album seems remastered and every element of every recording is vibrant. The vocals work off the harmonies beautifully. The crisp capturing of the drums reminds us of Ringo Starr’s gift…
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Last Podcast of the Decade!

Alex Simmons (creator of Blackjack) and I leave “Best ofs” and “Top Ten” lists for others to share, and we are grateful for their ideas as we look back to look forward, talking of books and films and TV and music that fueled us, and ask you what fueled your creativity over the past decade.…
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So What Happened Was…

(Or How I Took Over A Year to Sort Out My Website Ignorance and Discover That a Dream Had Come True) There I was in 2018, investing in an overhaul of my website (www.chrisryanwrites.com – and yes you should check it out!) and forcing myself to overcome doubts and send out my work. You know,…
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2018: Highlights from the Year That Was a Decade Long

Wanna know how long 2018 was? Avengers: Infinity War was in 2018. Black Panther was in 2018. Last January we looked forward to checking out the news, now most of us view it as a chore, or as outright painful. It feels like we experienced 2018 as a decade. Gawd it was a long trek. But let’s rise…
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Style Improves When You Read for Style

Style is an allusive key to writing success. Ultimately, style emerges when the writer finds his or her voice. But how do we as writers find our voice and establish our style? Chances are you have heard this old nugget of advice,  “If you want to write, read everything all the time.“ I agree.  And…
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