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Feb.11.2011
The boots were custom-made from horsehide, black with silver toe caps on them, initials cut from lizard skin. He’d kept them up with polish and spit but, along with everything else about Eddie, from the sun-dried skin to his hoary head, they were starting to show some age. They’d cost him a...
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Feb.11.2011
In this scene from Moonbeam Highway, Eddie and Cheyenne are talking about how Eddie lost his fortune in the Wall Street casino. It should be fairly apparent in the last paragraph what the discovery is, for those who don't know what it treats of, here's a link: Tragedy of the commons. “What is this...
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Feb.10.2011
 Last month I wrote that I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.  I've decided, after having added much new material to it, that I would put short snippets of it on here and discuss what I'm trying to achieve. Moonbeam Highway is a road novel based on the fairy tale, Iron Hans, as...
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Jan.25.2011
I have recently been reading the works of Tom Robbins, a name I have known and ignored since my college days because I was a literary snob, absorbed in reading "the classics," and therefore shunned anything labelled a best seller. I finally decided to read him because people on Authonomy...
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Dec.15.2010
In my novel, Moonbeam Highway, I wrote the following conversation several weeks ago. “Boss called me into his office, a man who been my closest friend. Said, ‘we don’t need you anymore, and can’t afford to keep you, Joe.’ Replaced me with an immigrant. A kid fresh off the boat. Glad to work for...
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Dec.14.2010
Today in my email I received what Norman Rush, in his recent Paris Review interview, refers to a rave rejection letter. So I guess that is progress. I submitted to a small outfit called Atticus Books that I ran across on here.  They were very nice about my novel.    We certainly appreciate and...
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Nov.28.2010
   Moonbeam Highway I am reintroducing my novel, following extensive revisions with professional editorial advice. I have loaded five chapters of it here and would welcome readers and comments.   Moonbeam Highway is the story of a busted hedge fund manager attempting to fashion a new career in...
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Nov.26.2010
Last month, I had the honor of being the subject of a blog post (nothing to do with my novel, unfortunately) on one of the premier literary blogs, A Commonplace Blog, of Professor D.G. Myers. It having been almost a month since I visited the site, I only just discovered it tonight. It concerned a...
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Nov.06.2010
Last week on another site I received a critique from a someone regarding an allusion to two of the most famous works of literature in English. Below is the full critique:  I'm not the one to ask about commercial vs literary. But I can say that, although this piece is well written, it's a bit...
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Nov.06.2010
Last week on another site I received a critique from a someone regarding an allusion to two of the most famous works of literature in English. Below is the full critique:  I'm not the one to ask about commercial vs literary. But I can say that, although this piece is well written, it's a bit...
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Sep.25.2010
Riddle me this: How does one make Scrooge likable? Where does one take the story if one does?  The question of a main character's likability seems to come up a lot these days, and I often wonder when I hear it how much of a story a person has actually read. I have a main character who loses his...
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Sep.04.2010
For those of you who have been following the recent odyssey of Moonbeam Highway and its editorial review at Harper Collins,  I am amazed at how many of you have at least glanced at my blog, and I want to thank you for your interest. I have followed the editor's suggestion by making some allusion to...
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Sep.02.2010
My novel, Moonbeam Highway, finally received its Authonomy review. I thought it was quite positive and helpful, giving me much to think about, and some direction for a new rewrite. Bear it in mind that the reviewer only read the first ten thousand words, so some of what she says is mere speculation...
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Sep.02.2010
One of the writers on my website posted the following blog entry, an excerpt from which is posted here. It's a wonderful farce about the self-declared artist, literary theory and "creative writing."   Writing as Art By roger sakowski Back in the sixties, I remember gabbing with a guy who...
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Aug.13.2010
I was shocked and saddened yesterday evening to learn of the death of a fine young man I knew all too fleetingly on the net. I came across the work of Chris Al Aswad, otherwise known as Lethe Bashar, on twine.com many moons ago. I read much of his work at that time, we had a brief blogrespondence...
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