Category Archives: Jean Stringam Writes

Why it Doesn’t Matter if You Cry in Public

Calculate your social acceptability quotient to understand why it doesn’t matter if you cry in public. Think of this quiz as a sort of cultural score card.  Mark your answer in private and then go to the bottom of the page to see your social... Read More | Share it now!

Why Not to Cry in Public: 12 Reasons

Cryers of the world are continually asking themselves why not to cry in public. What’s wrong with it? Since there is such confusion in a small but important sector of the population, I have compiled twelve closely considered arguments addressing... Read More | Share it now!

How Not to Cry in Public

How not to cry in public is a skill set involving technique and discipline. My abilities are composed of in-depth experience, high-level research, and successful methodology, In other words, I’m an expert on this topic, so pay... Read More | Share it now!

Getting Rid of the Adults

Getting rid of the adults in a story for children or young adults has become an authorial obsession. Have you ever noticed how absent adults are from the books in those genres?  The idea seems to be that their characters need emotional and physical... Read More | Share it now!

Readers’ Question about The Hoarders

The readers’ question about The Hoarders that appeared to be the favorite one startled me at first. Perhaps it was because The Hoarders was my debut novel or maybe because it was my first school presentation. But I’ll always remember that... Read More | Share it now!

Marketing nightmare or story-telling genius

I still can’t decide if the Cousin Cycle is a marketing nightmare or story-telling genius. Maybe it’s a little of both. When I began writing the Cousin Cycle i had no idea what the perils would be, i only saw what an intriguing idea it... Read More | Share it now!

Metaphor Game

I played a metaphor game with a writing class, once-upon-a-time, taken from a text I was using by an author named Rohrback. I can’t remember what the author might have had in mind, but what we did was to play with the metaphoric possibilities of... Read More | Share it now!

A Song for Each Book

I write a song for each book I write. After living with my characters for so many months, I begin to hear the songs they sing. I’ve written each song with vocal lyrics and piano accompaniment for you to enjoy. Just go to to... Read More | Share it now!

How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories

I’m delighted to announce that How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories is now available. You can  choose from a paperback edition or electronic versions in two formats everywhere books are sold. You can visit your local bookstore or... Read More | Share it now!

House-sitting at a resort

There’s much to enjoy about the vocation of house-sitting at a resort. If you love to read, there’s all that solitude. If you’re a recluse, you only have to socialize briefly at the beginning when they hand you the keys and at the end when... Read More | Share it now!