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jennifer-niven's picture
Mar.14.2012
Right now I am so busy juggling two books, that my readers and friends worry about me. Their primary concern is that my work is too isolating and that it keeps me too burdened down at my desk. I am at my desk a lot, especially at this moment as I’m editing what’s called the galleys or first...
jennifer-niven's picture
Feb.13.2012
Now that I’ve handed in the copy edits, here are the primary things I’m working on: ~ Creating, shooting, appearing in (!), and producing a book trailer for Becoming Clementine. (More on this later…) ~ Updating my website for Becoming Clementine, building web pages for the book as well as...
bruce-jackson's picture
Feb.11.2012
Before you read any further, let me say this openly: Beware of scams.  Scams can be on the Internet, via email or in the classifieds of writing journals or on writing sites.  Always check the reviews of contest sites where the reputation may seem questionable. You can cash in on writing...
jennifer-niven's picture
Jan.17.2012
I have always wanted to be a private detective, ever since the days I collected Charlie’s Angels cards and pretended to be Kelly Garrett on the playground of Westview Elementary School. Once, a few years ago, I even looked into some part-time detecting work, in an attempt to realize that long-...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.14.2011
After an on-and-off research effort over some fifteen years for a historical fiction piece on a medieval person, I'm finally close to the actual writing. The most common problem in such an effort is as one professor called it, "finding a way in" to the piece. This means: start as the person...
henry-mosquera's picture
Dec.12.2011
     As a kid, I always liked fighter jets and used to build models of them. When I decided to write my book, one of the skills I wanted my protagonist to have was the ability to fly a plane. I had no idea about civilian aviation. So, after talking to a friend who was...
amy-king's picture
Dec.10.2011
Articles (click titles) on The Count @ VIDA: 1.)  The Lack of Female Bylines in Magazines Is Old News – Katha Pollitt @ Slate 2.)  Being Female – Eileen Myles @ The Awl 3.)   How To Publish Women Writers: A Letter to Publishers about the VIDA Count — Annie Finch @ Her Circle 4.) ‘...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.07.2011
I always suspected that Mona Lisa was a bit of a wild cat. Something to do with the Cheshire cat smile. Oh, I know, it has been analysed to death – from toothache to the pleasure of labour pains to muscle dystrophy to sucking on a lozenge. Okay, that’s not been explored yet. Anyhow, New York...
henry-mosquera's picture
Dec.05.2011
I loved researching “Sleeper’s Run.” Well, I love research, period. Granted, many of the themes portrayed in the story are of general interest to me, so not only did I have a good running start, but it also made the process more enjoyable. Piles of non-fiction texts, documentaries and articles...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.02.2011
If you have a creative bone in your body, then you can be reasonably certain you have no spine and your soul is made of mortar. I am stumped. All along I had been smiling graciously and occasionally with a degree of complacency whenever I was commended for that flash of insight, that turn of...