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Feb.18.2011
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The epigraph page for The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels  Squirrels for nuts contend, and, wrong or right, for the world’s empire kings ambitious fight. What odds? To us ‘tis all the self-same thing: a nut, a world, a squirrel, and a king. —Charles Churchill  Here Skugg Lies snug As a bug In a...
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Feb.17.2011
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The agent was clear: writing good, length bad. The challenge: add 20,000 words. What to do, what to do? Add a character or two? Maybe. Wax eloquent about the dust motes floating in the sunlight? Maybe again. Describe a room in more detail than necessary? (“The book on his desk was old, the spine...
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Feb.14.2011
How can I upload a poem to Red Room and have it come out single-spaced? Your pal, The Luddite
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Feb.11.2011
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In the dream, Faith was lying on the beach in Nice, one of her favorite getaways. Topless women in their eighties, their breasts hanging to their waists like leather purses, sat under umbrellas, rubbing themselves with oil, as hairy fat men in Speedos walked by, leering at Faith. “In your dreams,”...
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Feb.10.2011
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According to Publishers Weekly, on February 13, the New York Times bestseller lists will take a giant leap into E-bookland with the introduction of a revised list showing both print rankings and e-book rankings. E-books currently represent 8% of fiction sales, and that number is expected to hit the...
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Feb.09.2011
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Imagine a happily married man standing at an elevator, watching the doors slowly open to reveal a lone passenger, a young woman who looks exactly like a young Natalie Wood, with the possible exception of her hair, which is red and partially hiding her face under a swirl of curl. Their eyes meet...
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Feb.08.2011
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Crime can seem abstract at times, particularly when presented as statistics. Crime is up, down, all around town, but what does that have to do with me? And then Crime creeps a little bit closer. Just ask my neighbor. Crime didn’t creep in on little cat’s feet. It literally kicked its way in, in the...
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Feb.07.2011
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A few months ago, I received a rejection letter for my latest novel, Flicker, a ghost story set in a restored 50s diner. I was encouraged by the first few words: “I love your writing . . . .” Not so much by the next: “. . . but I think your manuscript is too short. Can you add 20,000 words and get...
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Feb.04.2011
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Here is an excerpt from one of my e-books, The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels, which was written by Simon Silverback, founder and CEO of Consolidated Acorns, Inc. and a squirrel general affectionately known as Old Skugg. 12 Be a risk taker “Had he but acted, the battle would have been won, but...
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Feb.03.2011
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The worst thing I have lost The thing about ageing is that “the worst thing I have lost” inevitably becomes a bucket list of not just things lost, but of remorse, self-flagellation, and shoulda-coulda-wouldas. I guess I could go for something grand like TIME, that old tempus fugit thingy, most...
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Feb.02.2011
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The January 31 issue of Publishers Weekly had an interesting news article on “the explosive growth of digital sales.” Currently, about 8% of book sales are for e-books. That’s up from 3% just one year ago. Current projections are for e-books to represent 50% of sales by 2014. Most interesting to me...
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Jan.31.2011
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A rat terrier purportedly holds the world record for disposing of rats: 2,501 rats in 7 hours, all said to be in the same barn. After adopting a 3-year-old rat terrier a few weeks ago, I am closer to believing this seemingly impossible statistic. My nickname for her—actually my superhero name for...
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Jan.26.2011
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Writing is like having a wonderful dream while you’re wide awake. The world becomes what you make and what you make of it. Characters lurk in the shadows or burst into the room, some with their own agendas, others looking for one. Windows appear, draperies descend, wallpaper blossoms with patterns...
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Jan.25.2011
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It should come as no shock to you that sales of my two e-books—The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels and Skeleton: A Bare Bones Mystery—skyrocketed in January, thanks to the big bump in holiday sales for Kindle, iPad, Nook, and other readers. The leadership book continues to be the number one “...
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Jan.19.2011
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To me, a movie based on a book I’ve read must meet two conditions to keep me in my theater seat munching on popcorn. First, the casting has to be perfect for all the major characters. I don’t ever want to see Jon Stewart cast as James Bond, for example. Second, the script has to stay true to the...
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