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I’m often questioned as to how I can be surprised by something that happens in the book that I am writing when I am the one doing the writing. “Don’t you know what’s going to happen next?” Oftentimes the answer is no, and this is one of my favorite parts about writing. Here’s a great…

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In the acknowledgements of SOMETHING MISSING, I thank Mark Compopiano, my high school English teacher, for teaching me that “words can change minds.” When I entered Mr. Compo’s English class, I thought of myself of a good writer. Though I couldn’t type or spell to save my life and nothing I submitted was ever on…

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About six months ago, I gathered some friends who are interested in writing and formed a writing group. We meet about once every other month and discuss our work. It’s quite a varied group. We have fiction writers, poets, a singer/songwriter, essayists, and a pulp fiction writer in our ranks, and the work that we…

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My mother-in-law found SOMETHING MISSING listed on the Japanese version of Amazon today.  Kind of neat.  Huh? While I'm not certain, I think this is actually an English version of the book, being sold in Japan.  As far as I know, the international rights to the book have been sold to publishers who will translate…

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The Advanced Reader Copy for SOMETHING MISSING arrived today! An ARC is (in the words of Wikipedia) is a copy of a book released by its publisher before the book has gone to press. ARCs do not have the final dust jacket, formatting or binding of the finished product. The text of an ARC may…

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Last night Elysha and I attended our final birth class. Though the first two classes were highly informative and well worth my time, this was the class that included the breathing exercises and the dreaded videos. Not a night to remember. It turns out that the breathing exercises are merely a diversion from the pain.…

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I have many reasons to write, and most are of the high-minded, creative sort. But I also like to make my wife cry. It was a Friday in May, and I was at work. My students were in art class, gone for an hour. My student-teacher and I were sitting at my desk, discussing lesson…

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Each day, Something Missing seems to pop up on another bookselling website, and each time Google Alert informs me of this, it’s just as exciting as the first time. Though admittedly the book’s appearance on places like Amazon and Barnes and Noble were a little more breathtaking than the others. What I’ve found most interesting…

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Something Missing is a work of fiction. Even so, there are elements of my own life contained therein. Several characters are loosely based upon friends and acquaintances, certain plotlines vaguely resemble actual moments in my life, and specific incidents and locales inspired parts of the story. Sometimes I think that Something Missing is little more…

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Danny (an old high school friend, perhaps?) asks: When you write, do you draft everything quickly and then rewrite later, or do you craft each sentence until it is done? Every writer is different. There are some who just blaze through their first draft as quickly as possible, doing all the revision later on. Stephen…

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