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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Punctuation matters

By Matthew Dicks | January 16, 2009

It’s always so nice to find someone who shares the same pet peeves as me. This is why I was thrilled to find the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks, a site dedicated to the excessive…

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Good week

By Matthew Dicks | January 15, 2009

A couple of days of good news on the book front. Yesterday my editor informed me that we made a deal with Japanese publisher Random House Kodansha for publication of Something Missing in Japan. Just think:…

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Nicholson Baker and me

By Matthew Dicks | January 12, 2009

My book club meets today to discuss Nicolson Baker’s The Size of Thoughts. It was my turn to choose the book, and Taryn, my agent, turned me onto Baker’s work during my initial revisions of…

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I have no idea what pants I’m wearing

By Matthew Dicks | January 3, 2009

A friend of mine recently noted that I was wearing sweat pants out of the house. “And?” I asked. “I just would never wear sweat pants in public,” she said. “And I know that most…

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The unexpected

By Matthew Dicks | December 30, 2008

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…

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My beginning

By Matthew Dicks | December 26, 2008

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…

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My writing group

By Matthew Dicks | December 21, 2008

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…

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By Matthew Dicks | December 18, 2008

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…

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One step closer

By Matthew Dicks | December 18, 2008

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…

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Strunk, White and the placenta

By Matthew Dicks | December 16, 2008

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…

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