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Apr.24.2009
I like to tell people I grew up "all over the place," even though we were mostly confined to the Eastern Seaboard for the earliest parts of my life. Eventually, we landed out in one of the serene, sandy areas of suburban Long Island, and stayed there for a time. But for many years before...
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Feb.21.2009
In the spirit of working it, writing-wise, I've been spending my time developing three new online workshops for the spring and summer months, while not busy giving mini workshops on my 2009 book tour -- Unlike other travelers, I like spending time in airports. I love people-watching, and people in...
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Feb.13.2009
You know those days when writing feels like a stone? It's too heavy to carry, like all the images in your mind, all the dialog and small moments between characters? It could be used for violence, if you had a mind for that, or to build something useful. The writing stone could be set down, in...
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Jan.28.2009
Yes, I saw Flava Flav, coming back into Los Angeles Monday afternoon, after the first leg of my book tour. Not that it's startling to see celebrities on planes bound for L.A., but he was standing shoulder to shoulder with the captain at the plane's entrance, kind of like a welcoming committee,...
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Jan.19.2009
Feelin' like a rock star and getting ready to embark on my first ever book tour. This once, though, I think I'll forsake the booze and the groupies. :) In preparation, I had been doing a few dates within driving distance of Los Angeles, and there's nothing quite like the combination of a road trip...
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Oct.02.2008
As an editor and ghostwriter, I've sent more authors out on tour than I can count. And, like many writers, that was fine for awhile. I've preferred to be quietly toiling in the background for some time now. But when you feel like you've had enough of pushing forward the very folks whose biggest...
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Jul.30.2008
Why is it when you're just starting out, writing feels like an enormous chore?  Every word feels as if it's pulled out with some kind of blunt-tipped instrument, and your head is more like the remnants of a Saigon bombing campaign than actual human tissue. Then, when you've been at it for a few...
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May.14.2008
Wow, it's been a pretty eventful week. As writers, we know that most of the action normally takes place in our heads. Most of the ones I know seem to be waiting for the world to catch up as their imaginations race ahead. But when your second book comes out and is a bestseller before it even...