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katherine-holmes's picture
Oct.01.2012
Learning new words or old words? THE HOUSE IN WINDWARD LEAVES is free on Kindle Oct 4 to Oct 8 Drama queen.  Decandy.  Podsnap.  Geophony.  Two words are new; two are old.  They all seem like words I might have used for my middle grade fantasy, The House in Windward Leaves...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.27.2012
I confess I had not heard of this author, Zadie Smith, before. But I am interested in (and am not adverse to) the idea of having an eBook present interactive elements. I worry it might detract from the written word but, on the other hand, perhaps it will enhance. At any rate, I liked this...
katherine-gregor's picture
Sep.18.2012
You’ve just had a major disappointment, heartbreak or mishap; or you’re just having a bad time.  You’re feeling low, sad, upset or angry.  Whatever the reason, you’re basically in a lousy place, from which the view is – begging your pardon – crap.  You need a friendly ear, so...
sherry-parnell's picture
Sep.14.2012
My husband and I have affectionately nicknamed our five-year-old son “quiz master”.  Dinner, car rides and quite moments are now his opportunity to ask us a variety of questions, rapid fire and nonstop.  I’d always heard that children enter a phase where every statement is followed by the...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Sep.07.2012
Read.  Work.  Never give up. The oft-repeated wisdom for anyone who’s serious (or hopes to be) about writing.  That’s “serious about writing,” not “about being a writer.”  It’s the work that matters, right?  The writing.  The words.  It’s not glamorous or romantic...
dale-estey's picture
Aug.24.2012
The Oxford Dictionary (which is generally accepted as the expert) has uploaded a whole passel of new words and expressions for inclusion in its digital pages. Lemme see if I can make a sentence. "My guilty pleasure is a group hug of my tweeps exploding in a photobomb during a video chat." Did you...
dale-estey's picture
Aug.20.2012
I thought storing all my manuscripts on a thumb drive and then also in Dropbox was caution enough. To say nothing of them being in the computer and scattered about as email attachments. But turning a book into a DNA sequence leaves me feeling we are entering The Twilight Zone....
jill-jepson's picture
Aug.07.2012
Considering that we start learning it at birth, master it almost completely by four, and use it every day of our lives, it’s surprising how little people know about language. Even among writers, who should know better, misconceptions abound.  When I’m not being a writer,  I’m an...
thaisa-frank's picture
Jul.08.2012
This week my book ENCHANTMENT is being released and--at the urging of some intrepid supporters--I am launching it with a story-in-tweets for Twitter.  Twitter has always been a mystery to me. I see it as a two-storey gossamer house. On the first floor etheric people float from tweet to tweet...
michael-seidel's picture
Jul.02.2012
If you're an older person, you may have become aware that people can hold opposing point of views and both of them be wrong and both of them be right. Example: I joined the military when I was seventeen, left home to go on active when I was 18, lived with my girlfriend when I was 18, married when I...