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Why I Participated In NaNoWriMo

Why I Participated In NaNoWriMo

If you’re like me, you’re asking, WTF is NaNoWriMo? I was seeing this cryptic agglomeration on all sorts of writer-related messages coming to me in October, and finally curiosity got the best of me and I looked it up. NaNoWriMo translates to National Novel Writing Month. Oh. Got it. Pardon my ignorance. Here, you can look it up, too: http://nanowrimo.org The idea is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the 30 days of November, from the…

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Writers, Damned Writers, and Statistics: The 2018 AWP Conference by the Numbers

Writers, Damned Writers, and Statistics: The 2018 AWP Conference by the Numbers

The closer you are to something the more you may be inclined to stay away from it. Some relationships are like that, including the relationship writers have with their craft and creativity. That sums up, to a large extent, why I vacillated about attending the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) held last week in Tampa, Fla., which is right here in my neck of the woods. Other writers might understand my reticence to attend,…

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Read My Novel and Vote For It!

Read My Novel and Vote For It!

Okay, here’s your big chance. Click on the image above, read my novel Don’t Try Any of This, and comment and vote for it. Your vote actually counts and helps let other readers know that you think the book is worth reading. Inkitt is a new kind of publisher. It lets writers post their stories and books and lets readers decide which ones have enough merit to be considered for publication. It also periodically runs contests and the best received…

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The View From the Shoulder

The View From the Shoulder

To point out the obvious, I survived the surgery that was the subject of my last posting, and have been in a process of slow recovery over the past three and a half weeks. The surgery – a quintuple cardiac bypass, which I didn’t even know was a thing – went well, and I’m told my recovery has been as good as could be expected. I’m grateful to my surgeon and all the others who were involved in getting me…

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Leave Our Books Alone

Leave Our Books Alone

The last week of September is, for lack of a better word, “celebrated” as Banned Books Week. And here we are, in that week, and in the wide, wonderful word of censorship. It seems things in America, and in some other countries, too, are going beyond banning books. Now we’re at the stage of banning speech we don’t agree with and, as if it’s already possible, to even banning thoughts. 1984, it seems, is coming about 23 years late. Before…

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