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Nov.08.2011
I've had the honor of being interviewed by fellow author Victoria Patterson (Drift, This Vacant Paradise). Not only is she an extremely gifted fiction writer -- she asks very smart interview questions. A snippet: VP: You’re a true champion of independent booksellers. Do you see the plight of the...
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Nov.04.2011
A new essay of mine appeared last week in Poets & Writers magazine. Subject: Rejection (about which every writer knows a thing or three). At one point I write: “Call us the Struggling Established, the Honorably Obscure, the Foolhardy Diligent — we who face the timeless frustrations of the...
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Nov.01.2011
The Date of Disappearance percentage bar held steady most of last week. Then within a single twenty-four-hour period it leapt seven percentage points! That was something to see, let me tell you, and it brought the remaining funds-to-raise down to the three-figure range! -- GONNA BE CLOSE! -- In a...
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Oct.22.2011
Dear ______, I live by the belief that we artists have got to stick together, and I admire anybody like yourself who would devote so many years, paid or not, to the production of something as invaluable — if unquantifiable and increasingly anachronistic — as a serious literary work. I have no...
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Oct.17.2011
My illustrated limited edition story collection, Date of Disappearance, continues to gather support through its funding page at United States Artists. I'm astonished and grateful to watch the supporter base grow steadily each week. Thanks to the folks at Ecotone Magazine, this week’s Patron...
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Oct.10.2011
Sundays have been lots of fun here at Date of Disappearance Headquarters lately, thanks to the weekly Patron Extraordinaire! drawing. This week’s gift, a short story collection by an acknowledged master in the form, posed me a pleasing decision-making challenge—and in the end I just couldn’t narrow...
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Oct.08.2011
On this day seven years ago, my first novel The Green Age of Asher Witherow was published. Among the good things that happened for that book, the luckiest was the phenomenal support it enjoyed from this country’s independent booksellers. The Green Age did not exactly come into the world branded...
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Oct.03.2011
The Date of Disappearance fundraiser continues strong at United States Artists. The matching-grant segment was a phenomenal success: roughly $800 raised in a little more than a week! Renewed thanks to all who continue to share the project, encourage new support, and keep the numbers climbing toward...
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Sep.25.2011
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The Date of Disappearance Administrative Assistant has just drawn the name of this week’s PATRON EXTRAORDINAIRE! Ray and Joanna Shields will receive a complete, personalized, downloadable audio version of my short story “Summer.” Congrats, Ray and Joanna! I’ll be in touch. Yesterday, in a blog...
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Sep.24.2011
– Relishing the idea of “making it” on my own, I didn’t foresee the hazards. — A Lone Wolf Sets Out: In my earlier life a driving passion and talent for the theater led me to believe I’d pursue a career as an actor, but in the end it was the written component of drama that drew me into literature...
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Sep.18.2011
We're entering week two of fundraising for my illustrated limited edition story collection, Date of Disappearance. Many thanks to all those who have pledged. We're at 15% of the project goal! Now I'd like to add some extra perks to encourage your support. Each week, beginning next Sunday, Sept....
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Sep.14.2011
This summer I was invited to submit a project proposal to a leading arts organization called United States Artists. My project page is now live on the USA website in support of my illustrated, limited edition short story collection, Date of Disappearance. Learn more, or reserve a copy at: http://...
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Apr.09.2008
Every fictional narrative, whether or not emergent from an actual history or preexisting story, will lay down its own laws. ... Over at the Critical Mass literary blog, one of the current PEN/Faulkner Award judges, Molly Giles, offers a glimpse of her experience sorting through the boxes and boxes...
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Mar.20.2008
Some time ago, Kay Callison interviewed me about Lost Son for a podcast. The finished podcast was a neatly edited version of a much longer conversation. Here follows the full discussion. You’ve put out quite an impressive a body of work for your age, young man! Two large novels -- The Green Age of...
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Mar.14.2008
As a novelist, Cormac McCarthy is many things: heir to the Southern gothic tradition, reviver of Celtic lyricism, metaphysical speculator, master comic, eschewer of punctuation, and reinventor of the iconic American West, to name a few. He has been writing and publishing novels since 1965, but most...
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