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The Kindness of Strangers

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Blog |

If, as some would have you believe, there are squadrons of snarky, bitter writers out there – leaning right this minute on hipster-cocktail-party walls, sniping at their peers, believing themselves too smart and complex to succeed in a Jersey Shore world – I am one lucky son of a gun, as I have completely avoided them. Quite the contrary: As the...

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Hakuna Matata

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in News & Events |

I’m a big fan of Nissan’s new Juke. If I were shopping for a cute-ute, it would be a contender. But from the first time I saw one, it reminded me of something … You tell...

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AA Procedural: Lawrence Block’s A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Reading, Writing |

A Drop of the Hard StuffBy Lawrence BlockMulholland Books How’s this for daunting? May 10, I fulfill a lifelong dream by publishing my first novel. Purgatory Chasm introduces amateur sleuth Conway Sax. He’s a recovering alcoholic, and AA is tightly woven into (indeed, inseparable from) the story. Two days later, there’s another novel...

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Make an Editor Smile

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in News & Events |

I generally avoid doling out writing advice (for fear, mostly, of launching into a 700-word tirade on today’s abuse of the word “literally”). But a few days ago, this blog post by Alison Jannsen, a well known and outstanding editor, went Twitter-viral, and for good reason: Jannsen’s advice is flat-out useful. I was among those who...

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Notebook Dump!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

It’s been way too long since I did one of these. I jot things down in my Blackberry (yes, I am the Last Man in America with a Blackberry), and I need to capture the ideas here (hell, anywhere) before said phone gets lost or croaks. So here are the phrases, names, and images that rattle around in my walnut-sized brain occasionally. If you have trouble...

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