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In January of this year, I established a list of twelve New Year’s resolutions.  At the end of each month, I report on my progress as a means of holding myself accountable.  Being the end of August, I thought I’d post my progress here as well.  1. Finish my second novel before my birthday in…

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NEWSDAY is picking up the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s highly favorable review of SOMETHING MISSING to run on Sunday, September 6!  My father-in-law informs me that NEWSDAY has the seventeenth largest circulation in the country. Not only is the review favorable, but it’s my favorite review thus far.  The writer just seems to understand the book…

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I’m standing in line at D’Angelo’s, waiting to place my order. Directly in front of me is a husband and wife who look remarkably alike.  Both about five feet tall, shaped like eggplants, and wearing brown and olive green.  But most surprising is their eyeglasses, distinctive in that they match their wardrobe and seem more…

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Last night’s appearance at the Wilton Library was delightful, and many thanks to the staff at the library for putting this event together.  I sat on a panel of first time authors, and we spent the evening talking about our books, the process by which each of us was published, and answering lots of interesting…

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Tomorrow night I will be sitting on a panel of new authors at the Wilton Library in Wilton, CT.  If you’d like to attend, you can find details here.  Though we will be discussing our books, the focus of the night will be on our journey to being published.  There will be writers in the…

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Since some of you have asked, yes, it’s true.  I was stung by a bee on Friday.  This tends to be a bigger deal for me than most people, since I have required CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on more than one occasion as a result of a bee sting.  I am highly allergic to bees…

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Print Magazine has a terrific look at the cover art on a handful of books, along with some explanation from the designers.  It’s a fascinating look into the world of cover design. Along a related line of thinking, I’ve often wondered about the value of an author’s first draft.  For example, I have about a…

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I recently told someone that over the past several months, I have made several friends through Twitter, even though many of us have never met in person. “Friends through 140 characters?” this person asked dubiously.  “Can you really call them friends?” Well, let’s see… I speak to my Twitter friends several times a day.  We…

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I contacted my editor last week, inquiring about the current view in the publishing world on the number of spaces after a mark of punctuation.  Like The Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Stylebook, and the Modern Language Association, she informed me that the industry is moving to one space as opposed to two, and…

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I played golf last week with a guy who is works in the corporate world. He’s got a degree in math and an MBA but he also ha a newborn son at home and wants to find a way to spend more time with his family. He’s fed up with the corporate culture and has…

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