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brad-green's picture
Feb.02.2009
I saw a dead man yesterday. A day of laboring, filled with dust and the rattle of tools, with stiff fingers and a knuckle scraped cuss red against a stubborn bolt. Most of the work I was doing was outside. The day was warm on my forearms. My muscles leaned with a vigor into their clenching. It was...
kim-smith's picture
Feb.02.2009
First stop Date: February 2, 2009 Murder By 4 Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Marta Stephens, Prose and Musings As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author OR a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published...
cat-connor's picture
Feb.01.2009
Friday, January 30, 2009 The Glock and the laptop I'm seeing a coffee table in front of a pale blue leather couch, across the room a dark haired man sits at his desk, typing at his computer. Back to the coffee table. A laptop sits, open. On the screen an IM chat window. The names of the...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Feb.01.2009
I had a great class yesterday, as I always do at UCLA.  The students had interesting stories, great questions, and seven hours passed by just like that.  Suddenly, I was back home with sore feet and good memories. The subject of the class was plot and tension in the novel.  In life, we are damn...
evelyn-sharenov's picture
Jan.31.2009
 I came across this article today at Time Magazine online; it's interesting; thought I'd share it with you.  You never know where your next book sale is coming from! http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1872381,00.html  
steve-hauk's picture
Jan.31.2009
Walter Nelson-Rees obituaries concentrate on his amazing career as the retired UC Berkeley geneticist who, as the San Francisco Chronicle's Michael Taylor wrote Wednesday, ``discovered and sounded the alarm on massive contamination of cells used in some research laboratories around the world.''...
biba-adams's picture
Jan.30.2009
Gosh. It has been so long since I blogged. It used to be an everyday thing. This feels like smoking a cigarette a year after quitting. A little harsh, a little painful, and yet strangely exhilarating and slightly orgasmic. I found this site after visiting the website of Karrine Steffans. I have...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Jan.30.2009
I've received a few anxious emails about my outline process from several writers who are at work on their first novels.  They're afraid an outline will suck the joy out of writing. They're afraid it will somehow lock them in. They ask, "Doesn't it kill your creativity to know what's going to...
james-buchanan's picture
Jan.30.2009
Years ago a writer once said to me and a group of fellow aspiring/frustrated fiction writers that writing is an act of rebellion against conformity. We go into a room alone and try to recreate the world. This is true in as much that we need to write stories that cut across the grain of everyday...
simon-haynes's picture
Jan.30.2009
Five books into the series and it's finally time for a Hal Spacejock novel with flashback scenes. I wrote a sequence of flashback scenes for this novel during NanoWrimo 2007, but until five minutes ago I didn't think I'd be using them. Now I've changed my mind. (Until I decide not to use them again...