Monthly Archives: October 2011

Weekly Writing Round-Up Week of 10/23/11

Here’s some of the coolest stuff I found about writing and publishing on the web this week. Writer Harry Connolly on writers and self-promotion. (Via Chuck Wendig on Twitter.) Writer Bob Mayer on whether the current self-publishing models are sustainable. … Continue reading

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Scary Movie Marathons

During this month of unbridled spookiness, consider curling up in front of a cozy flatscreen and trying out these combos.  I’ve graded them on a Scary Scale of 1 (Dark Shadows as an adult) to 10 (Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre … Continue reading

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A Horror Story for Halloween Month: Disguise

Here’s a story I wrote many years ago with a creepy bent: Disguise _____________________________________________

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Weekly Writing Wound-Up Round-Up

Here are some of the best articles and blog posts I came across this week pertaining to writing and publishing:   Non-fiction writer Sam Harris on the idea that people expect writing to be free. NYT article about the fate … Continue reading

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National Day on Writing

So I guess it’s today, the National Day on Writing.  Mentions are popping all over the internets, including blogs, articles and a hashtag all to itself on Twitter: #whyIwrite Stay in the loop with this frequently-updated blog post from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bliss by Lauren Myracle

I had been thinking about writing a book review about the YA horror book Bliss by Lauren Myracle when her name came up in a most unfortunate way.  She was told her novel Shine would be nominated for a National … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Ides of March

A political drama directed by George Clooney and starring the red-hot Ryan Gosling.  The set-up is familiar: A smart, earnest politician (Clooney) who says all the right things and loves his beautiful wife.  An idealistic staffer devoted to the ideals … Continue reading

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Review: Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

Disclaimer: I’m unfamiliar with the graphic novel world of Scott Pilgrim.  This might explain my primary reaction to this wackster multi-media movie.  That being, “Huh?”

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Review: Miami Purity

Vicki Hendricks is on a short list–women who write noir fiction. Miami Purity is her first book and she does a fine job carrying on in the tradition of great crime writers like James Ellroy and James M. Cain. Her … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 9: My Irish Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I power-wrote my third novel twice in under three months and vowed I wouldn’t try that again for a long time. Not so fast. A few months later, November of my senior year in high … Continue reading

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