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joshua-r-wagner's picture
Mar.06.2012
    Stephen King, you may have heard that name, received dozens of rejections for his first novel, Carrie; he kept them tidily nailed to a spike under a timber in his bedroom.       One of the publishers sent Mr. King's rejection with these words:    We are not...
luke-james's picture
Feb.21.2012
Every now and then, I like to feel connected to writing and real writers, so I subscribe to one of those writing magazines. Makes me feel I’m doing something positive towards my efforts to write, and you never know I might read an article that shows me how to write brilliantly, get published,...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.19.2012
  photo: Cover of Weekends at Bellevue, from the previous interview post (see below)   As the title suggests, this is Part Three of my interview with writer, and Dr., Julie Holland.  She is the author of Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych. ER.  This...
kyla-perry's picture
Jan.28.2012
In teaching Ray Bradbury's landmark short story "A Sound of Thunder" to 98 sophomores this fall, I was bemused to learn that for today's average teen, the phrase "the butterfly effect" evokes more conversation about Ashton Kutcher than about the concept of time travel. Not surprisingly, my students...
steven-belanger's picture
Dec.15.2011
  photo: Cover of Bag of Bones, from its Wikipedia page   Some quick thoughts after having seen Stephen King's Bag of Bones (or, Stephen King's Bag of Bones) on A&E last night, while I'm presently reading it (and had read it when it first came out):   --First, let's start off by...
luke-james's picture
Dec.14.2011
Traditional publishers are being forced pay closer attention to the gathering swarms of Kindles, iDevices, and Androids. These days fewer patrician publishers park their paunches atop the slush piles of the rejected and the ignored, the four martini lunch has been sucker-punched by Google search...
amy-tan's picture
Dec.02.2011
Twenty years ago, Kathi Kamen Goldmark had a whimsical idea.  This was not unusual.  She often has these things.  And this particular one was a fantasy of starting a band of authors who would do a one time gig in a big rock and roll venue.  It would be for a charitable cause --...
steven-belanger's picture
Nov.22.2011
Photo: Thinner, from its Wikipedia page.  This is the exact copy I have, referenced below.   Stephen King fans by and large rate this one highly; I have to respectfully disagree.  It was the first best-selling Bachman book--but still published under Bachman, not King, which tells...
earl-merkel's picture
Nov.19.2011
A couple of years back, when I was ridin' high on a talk-radio wave, I pitched a concept for a new show: each week, take a roundtable of writers, put 'em in front of live microphones, and let rip with a freewheeling discussion of their works in the larger overall context of the writing craft &...
steven-belanger's picture
Nov.18.2011
Photo--The book's page on Amazon (obviously). Like John Gardiner's book, The Art of Fiction, this one is very helpful because of its honest directness and simplicity.  An easy read, it sounds like she's in the room, talking only to you.  An important work because it dispels advice on...