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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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How to make your wife cry

By Matthew Dicks | December 15, 2008

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…

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Literary and humorous

By Matthew Dicks | December 11, 2008

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…

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Stealing from real life

By Matthew Dicks | December 10, 2008

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…

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When to revise?

By Matthew Dicks | December 9, 2008

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…

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Something Missing on Facebook

By Matthew Dicks | December 6, 2008

My buddy, Tom, started a Fans of Something Missing group on Facebook last week. It’s already got about forty members, even though most of them have yet to read the book. Yesterday he assigned me…

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Division of labor

By Matthew Dicks | December 1, 2008

One of the challenges of writing, at least for me, is how to divide my time, my attention and my energy.  Holding down a job as an elementary school teacher (and finding it difficult to…

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Quick reads

By Matthew Dicks | November 28, 2008

For anyone interested in some fun reading check out: The 7 Greatest Stories in the History of Esquire Magazine Esquire’s list of the Seven Best First Sentences of 2006 Esquire’s 70 Greatest Sentences

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