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Oct.15.2010
A paraprosdokian sentence is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a  sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an...
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Oct.15.2010
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Call me Digger, or Mulch Man. Do not call me Gardener. That is my wife’s territory. She is the one who reverently speaks the Latin names for plants. She is the one who talks in planting zones. She is the one who knows that a plant labeled “Full Sun” will burn up in one afternoon’s exposure to the...
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Oct.07.2010
The Killing Game  A Film by Victor Testosteroni  Based on the short story by Len Boswell . . .  [As the opening credits continue to roll, the camera, at ground level, follows a man walking quickly but deliberately down a city sidewalk. We see only his shoes—black Italian loafers, probably Lorenzo...
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Sep.22.2010
SKELETON: A Bare Bones Mystery
As I mentioned previously, I decided to take one of my novels and post it on Amazon and Apple's iBookstore. This one was roundly rejected by every agent in the universe, perhaps for good reason, but perhaps not. I'm hoping it may do well enough online to attract an agent's or publisher's renewed...
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Sep.10.2010
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Sometimes when I’m writing, I am so eager to get to “what happens next” that I don’t take the time to get it right. I miss important details: smells, sounds, the chill in the air, the quality of light, the looks on people’s faces, the billowing curtains behind them. And my writing is poorer for it...
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Sep.08.2010
Well, now I’ve gone and done it. My first experience self-publishing an e-book on Amazon has been so successful [The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels, now going toe-to-toe with Colin Powell’s ebook on leadership, much to the delight of my ink-and-paper agent] that I’ve decided to post a novel...
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Sep.01.2010
When I was a boy, summer’s end was a two-edged sword. On one edge—and certainly the sharpest and most painful—the seemingly endless, shoeless summer days of catching crawdads in the creek came to an abrupt end with one swift slice. On the other edge—dull at best—was the return to school. Oh, it was...
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Aug.31.2010
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My e-book, The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels, is now available on Amazon for Kindle, PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. If you care to check it out, here’s the link. http://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Secrets-Squirrels-ebook/dp/B0041D8DKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=...
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Aug.30.2010
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There is a scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Gene Wilder explains Wonkavision, a device that takes ordinary objects and transmits them in a million pieces to a TV set, where the objects reappear, not as images but as smaller versions of the same object. Something similar is now...
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Aug.26.2010
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I’ve been away from Red Room for a couple of weeks. Not intentionally. It’s just that I’ve been consumed by the advance marketing of my forthcoming e-book, which I am self-publishing in an attempt to attract the attention of an ink-on-paper publisher. I’ve been on Facebook for a while, so it didn’t...
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Aug.16.2010
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Several years ago, I wrote a book called The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels, under the pen name “Simon Silverback,” and quickly found an agent to represent the book. Publishers who read the book said they loved it, but didn’t think it would do well “in the current economic climate.” John Wiley...
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Aug.05.2010
Help, I need somebody,Help, not just anybody,Help, you know I need someone,Help!(The Beatles, of course.) Try as I might, I can think of no singular event where someone has helped me in a dramatic way. No life-or-death scenarios to relate. Not a one. No one pulled me out of the path of a runaway...
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Jul.28.2010
I reach back into the hoary mists of time, that place where people long dead still live and love, and will forever, and stretch to reach the memories running this way and that to avoid my grasp, some good, some bad, some too horrible to contemplate, and pluck out a smaller version of myself, a boy...
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Jul.23.2010
The four classical elements: Fire, Air, Earth, Water. But there is a fifth, at least in the fictional realm: Leeloo, in the film The Fifth Element. Set in the 23rd Century, this stylish sci-fi film by writer-director Luc Beson reminds us that sometimes it takes a carrot-topped “perfect being” (...
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Jul.22.2010
AIR: Admit it, you couldn’t live without me. FIRE: I take what I need and nothing more. AIR: So that’s how it’s going to be? You’re just going to keep using me? FIRE: It’s what I do. Just ask Earth. AIR: What does she have to do with this? EARTH: Hey, don’t invite me to her pity party. FIRE: Come...
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