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A blog by Matthew Dicks

In praise of community college

By Matthew Dicks | February 15, 2010

In the past fifteen years, I have attended four institutions of higher learning.  These have included a community college, a traditional, four-year university, an all-women’s college, and an online university, and running counter to the…

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Three little old ladies talking about me

By Matthew Dicks | February 15, 2010

I was eating an Egg McMuffin in McDonald’s this morning. My headphones were still on, but I had paused the recording in order to read the paper. As I ate, a woman stopped by my…

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BEST GIFT EVER

By Matthew Dicks | February 14, 2010

I just gave my wife the super-romantic, best Valentines gift of all time: $250 in cash and a belly dancing kit, including a book, CD, and two sets of brass bells (zills for you belly-dancing…

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Brilliant band names

By Matthew Dicks | February 13, 2010

Bon Jovi and Van Halen are ingenious band names.  Both names are derived from the last names of the founding members of the bands (Jon Bon Jovi and Eddie and Alex Van Halen), but both…

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A novel idea about a novel idea

By Matthew Dicks | February 13, 2010

I’m lucky.  I have a lot of ideas for books.  Lots and lots and lots.  I just need more time to write them all.  As I attempt to wrap up my third book over this…

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I couldn’t resist posting…

By Matthew Dicks | February 13, 2010
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8 simple rules for requesting music at a wedding

By Matthew Dicks | February 13, 2010

I just finished meeting with a couple who is getting married in March.  They are very nice people who chose most of the music for their wedding, which will tie my hands a bit when…

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SOMETHING MISSING: The large print version

By Matthew Dicks | February 12, 2010

The large print version of SOMETHING MISSING was just released last month, in case you’re interested in owning every version of the book. It was chosen as a Thorndike Reviewer’s Choice book and had a…

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Good advice

By Matthew Dicks | February 11, 2010

As a writer, I rely on quality feedback from my readers.  I know there are many writers who prefer to write in a vacuum, absent of comment or criticism, and this may actually be the…

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Answers and coincidences

By Matthew Dicks | February 10, 2010

A while back, I wrote about running into a person reading SOMETHING MISSING my book at the gym and not knowing what to do.  The post received quite a response on the blog and especially…

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