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I followed a tweet on Twitter that took me to an author who was experiencing something amazing. Her new novel entitled Him was high on the Kindle bestseller list after being out only one week. Huge publishers with large marketing budgets can sometimes engineer this, but this was a book published...
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I was just reading Time magazine's cover story “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The article had some stunning facts, such as studies have found that children have little overall effect on parents’ happiness, but that parents with children ages 3-12 are happier than those with infants or teenagers. I...
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At the Book 'Em Mysteries Bookstore recently
Over the last few days, people have been wondering where I’ve come from now that a few things have swirled together (after seven and half years of publishing). Who is this Christopher Meeks guy? Of course, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden isn’t wondering that. He’s had access to my life and yours....
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As I mentioned last week, I've given a number of interviews recently in connection with the release of my new novel, Blood Drama, a crossover thriller. Having been a journalist for years, this was unusual to be so much on the other side of the interview.  It was also fascinating to get...
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From photographs, I’ve seen the immense beauty of Alaska’s Glacier Bay, where mountain walls of ice meet water. From this comes the image I have of giving and being interviewed. There’s something both amazing and dangerous about a good interview. It’s hard to explain. I happen to be on a blog tour...
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A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure. - Henry David Thoreau (1817–62), U.S....
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Why is it that some books have you eagerly turning the pages after your bedtime and other books work like sleeping pills? Partly, it’s style. Why is William Faulkner revered by many English majors and Mad magazine by other people? Style. Is it everything? “Style” is one of the elements of strong...
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I tried something new last year: teaching online. I live and write in California, but I’ve been teaching creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University via the internet. I’ve never been to New Hampshire. Even so, part of me is there. It’s a new world. One thing I quickly learned about...
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        “A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.” -- Aldous Huxley Critiquing is the most difficult and tender area in writing. In many ways, it's the Rorschach test of being human. You've just spent hours, days,...
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My cousin in Minnesota wrote an email to many of his relatives including me asking us to think about Iran’s nuclear goals and our own bombs. I grew up in the late fifties and sixties worried about the bomb. In grade school, we had drills where we’d have to duck and cover in the hallway in case of a...
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Sometimes a good sentence zings in like a mosquito on a mission from the Minnesota woods. When I hear or read a good line, it often catches me off guard and makes me see my world in a new way. I remember when I first started teaching creative writing, at the California Institute of the Arts, and I...
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Underneath all good writing is a strong structure. You may not see it, but it’s there. The word “structure”—to new writers especially—can sound like a quick way to make something dull. It’s the teacher at school who makes you diagram sentences and create outlines. It’s Dad coming into his 14-year-...
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I read part of it all the way through. —Samuel Goldwyn (1882–1974), U.S. film producer To write, you have to read. Most of us forget that. When my son was very young, I’d wake up at 5 a.m. and spend the first two hours of the day writing, then I would go off to the California Institute of the Arts...
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“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in your head.”— Tim O'Brien (The Things They Carried) Why write or read stories? Why, for that matter, dance...
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Going back to 1999: Julia Roberts, superstar, from across a crowded room, gazes into the eyes of her charming, self-deprecating Joe Everyman (played by Hugh Grant—nice average independent bookstore owner in England) and declares her love for him. He loves her! They embrace! The audience cheers! We...
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