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Why Books Are More Important Than Ever

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We live in a day and age where the evolution of language and words is driven more by social media than books and novels. As both a Tweeter and a lover of literature old and new, I have mixed feelings about this trend. There is something about the speed of social media which alarms me. Consider this: Edgar Poe, who created the thriller, died broke and without any acclaim, and yet his works are now considered to be masterpieces. Contrast this to the blitzkrieg world of social media where someone who uploads a cat video can become an icon in a single day--or less. Good or bad? Probably both, but allow me to point out the latter. Poe had substance. Sometimes it takes time for substance to be appreciated. In Poe's case, a hundred years. It takes deep substance to endure a 100 years. Do you think a glitzy cat video has that kind of staying power? Or do you--like me--think it will be forgotten in ten minutes, to be replaced by a meme featuring an aardvark? The point I am trying to make is

Want the Pandemic to Be Over? (nod head) Good, then Get Your Covid-19 Vaccine!

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  We all want the pandemic to be over, don't we? <nod head> Well, we have a way out of this god-forsaken mess--it's called the Covid-19 vaccine. Want to find out more? <nod head>  Good, click on the arrow above. Wants the Reader's Digest version? <shake head> Good, click on the arrow above. But if you are in a tearing hurry (to go where? I ask you, as were in the middle of a pandemic) remember this. All the vaccines either currently approved or shortly to be approved offer near complete protection against serious disease, defined as either hospitalization and/or death. What does that mean? It means that, once vaccinated, the worst outcome for those few who might still catch Covid is a mild viral illness, which you have had many times previously in your lifetime. Don't get lost in the various numbers representing the different efficacy rates for the different vaccines to prevent all Covid disease. Frankly, I don't care if I get a cold, and likely ne

4 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Started Writing

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I started my first novel when I was forty. My wife and I had three kids at the time (the fourth  came two years later) and we had just decided to start our own medical practice. I used to write  late at night on weekends and early in the morning before work, mostly because I had no other  time but also because I was trying to keep the whole thing a secret from my wife. She found out  a few months later, however, coming downstairs on a Saturday night catching me scribbling into  a green wire-bound notebook. She kissed me on the cheek and went back to bed, but I wished  she had told me the following four things, because it took me years to learn the hard way. 1) Writing is the biggest black hole of time ever created. Entire weekends can disappear at the keyboard. Ask yourself a question before you start a book: Do I have this kind of time? (And then do it anyway.) 2) It takes a long, long time to break through. I thought I knew this, but I really didn’t. Sit down, strap in and hang on. 3

The Story behind the Story: The Origins of The Vatican Conspiracy

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One of the most frequent questions I get about The Vatican Conspiracy is: Where did you come up with that idea? And though I read recently that many authors don't like to talk about where their ideas came from, this is decidedly not the case for me. In fact, Crimespree magazine invited me to write an article about it and I jumped at the chance. If you are interested, please click HERE  and check it out. Crimespree is a great resource if you are interested. And here is the link to  The Vatican Conspiracy's Amazon Page  if you are interested in reading the book. If you haven't read the book yet, give it a look. If you have, consider writing a review or rating the book, as these things help other readers discover the book. And thanks again for your enthusiasm and support; it is the best thing a writer can hope for. Cheers, peter :) ,  Peter Hogenkamp is a practicing physician, public speaker and author living in Rutland, Vermont.  Peter's writing credits include  The Int

The One (And Only) One Reason to Write A Book Is...

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  I was going though some old posts this morning, and I found this one (2014) gathering dust. It was written after I had been writing for just over a decade, and yet was still, despite having signed with a top literary agent, not published. I love this post because despite ten years of frustration, rejection and beating my head against the wall, you can see why I do this to myself--it's because I like to write. I would say I need to write, but that sounds too melodramatic (and my wife says I need to be less melodramatic.) In the interim, many of my dreams have come true. I have published or won the following awards: The Vatican Conspiracy, (Bookouture/HachetteUK, 10/2020) The Intern (TouchPoint Press, 4/2020) Finalist, 2019 Killer Claymore Award Top Finalist, 2020, Vermont Writer's Prize Doubt, the sequel to The Vatican Conspiracy, (Bookouture/HachetteUK, 4/2021) The Woman From Death Row, hopefully coming out in October 2021. So, I've had some success, and I appreciate you

Vermont Bound: Interview with Storyteller Peter Hogenkamp

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I started writing when I was ten (46 years ago!) and in that time I have spent a lot of time thinking about how cool it would be to be interviewed about my craft as a writer. Well, bucket list check time.  If you enjoyed what I had to say, consider clicking on one of the following links to buy on one of my books and/or browse my website. Thanks for that; I truly appreciate the support: The Intern (TouchPoint Press, 4/2020) The Vatican Conspiracy (Bookouture/HachetteUK, 10/2020) Peter's Author Website Cheers, peter :) ,  Peter Hogenkamp is a practicing physician, public speaker and author living in Rutland, Vermont.  Peter's writing credits include  The Intern , TouchPoint Press, 4/2020;  The Vatican Conspiracy , the first book in the Marco Venetti thriller series, October 2020, Bookouture/HachetteUK; The Vatican Secret, Marco Venetti #2, April 2021;  and THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller;   Peter can be found on his  Author Website  as well as his personal

The Truth about Vitamins, Minerals and Nutraceuticals

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Americans spend 50 Billion Dollars on Vitamins and Supplements. Check out #YourHealthMatters to see if this is a wise investment. Just hit the Play arrow above.  If you enjoyed what I had to say, consider clicking on one of the following links to buy on one of my books and/or browse my website. Thanks for that; I truly appreciate the support: The Intern (TouchPoint Press, 4/2020) The Vatican Conspiracy (Bookouture/HachetteUK, 10/2020) Peter's Author Website Cheers, peter :) ,  Peter Hogenkamp is a practicing physician, public speaker and author living in Rutland, Vermont.  Peter's writing credits include  The Intern , TouchPoint Press, 4/2020;  The Vatican Conspiracy , the first book in the Marco Venetti thriller series, October 2020, Bookouture/HachetteUK; Doubt, Marco Venetti #2, April 2021;  and THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller;   Peter can be found on his  Author Website  as well as his personal   blog,  PeterHogenkampWrites , where he writes about