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TRAVELING VS. WRITING Truth be told, if the headline were dental extraction vs. writing, most people would take dental extraction. So if the choice is to sit at a blank computer screen wondering why nothing is coming or to go to Venice, Italy, lick colorful gelato and go for a gondola ride, the...
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I recently met a writer friend, Gary Phillips, at Versailles, a fabulous Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles where a mixture of citrus juices slam into garlic to create a sauce that makes chicken and fish like Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio hugging on Titanic's bow. (if you have a choice of going...
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I grew up here
  I grew up in a Frank Lloyd Wright house--or it would have been an official one if he'd had lived a little longer. In a few tours that were given before the house was knocked down last year, people asked me what was it like growing up in an "organic architecture" home. I've thought about...
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John Lennon's quote, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans," rams into me as a truth perhaps too often. Just over a week ago, my wife Ann and I planned to grab dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant. In the car a half-block down the street, we saw three people surrounding two giant...
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I’m new to Twitter. Now that I’m there, I’m seeing all sorts of Tweets on self-publishing, which is clearly the new Gold Rush. Here’s one tweet (love that word):      If I Were a Newly Self-Published Author, What Steps Would I Take To Succeed? http://bit.ly/dh8I7N  It’s...
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Now as an eBook; September 17th as a book
Perhaps the biggest touchstone in my life--though I didn't know it at the time--was when President John F. Kennedy spoke at Rice University's football stadium in Houston, Texas, in the late summer of 1962, the day before my tenth birthday. He said, "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go...
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Filmmaker and attorney Susan Saladoff
Set your sites (or your DVR) for HBO during July and August (or On Demand) for the documentary Hot Coffee. It will change your perception of justice in America as well as how you sign contracts. My son and I saw it by accident at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. We couldn’t get into Drive,...
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Laramie Eppler and Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life."
I might even go farther and ask what do I want from any story? I happened to see two films this week, Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or-winning The Tree of Life and Edward Zwick's Love and Other Drugs, co-written with frequent partner Marshall Herskovitz and Charles Randolph. I liked both movies and yet...
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Oh happy Pie!
Normally I'm not prompted much by blog suggestions, but I just read, "What would Shakespeare blog?" That instantly got me to thinking is the question as if Shakespeare were alive now or as if he were blogging on June 8th, 1601? If he were alive now, would he get so wrapped up in...
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an eBook now; print in September
As much as I've written about how the book industry is changing, there are changes about to happen that you may not be prepared for. First, think how much technology has shaped our lives in the last ten years. People have home movie theatres now with large flat screens and surround sound systems,...
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Mark Haskell Smith
I just finished reading Moist by Mark Haskell Smith. A friend had suggested his books, saying Smith writes funny ones as I do. I don't think of myself as a humorist, just that funny things pop out of serious situations. The same is true in Smith's fiction as I quickly learned in the first novel I...
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Robert Krulwich
If you listen to NPR, you know the voice: the upbeat, inquisitive, even comical voice of science correspondent Robert Krulwich. I recently heard his story about honey bees. He explains well--as he always explains everything well--how when bees are in search of a new hive, it’s an absolute democracy...
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A Bruce Springsteen bust in New Jersey
There’s a recently installed bust of Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park, New Jersey, that’s getting the wrong kind of attention. That’s because the bust is just garish. The concrete statuary has a red bandana painted on it, and if people don’t know who he is, the placard says he’s a “soulful...
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Seth Godin
In doing research for the post I put up yesterday on “How to Market Your Book or Watch It Die,” I came across the name Seth Godin a few times, and I’d heard of him before. He’s worth knowing. He’s a futurist in ways that remind me of Alvin Toffler (remember 1970’s Future Shock?—we’re in that...
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I'm trying something new with this book's release--Kindle and Nook first (see why in the article)
Today is my new novel's publishing day, so I thought I'd write about the marketing it took to get here. I won’t bullshit you. The publishing industry is changing fast, and what to do is confusing. Like a bar magnet, the industry has two strong poles: traditional publishing and self-publishing. If...
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