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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Bad Santa

By Matthew Dicks | December 6, 2009

Have you ever noticed that if a department store Santa Claus is not spot-on perfect, with a round belly, a perfectly tailored suit, rosy cheeks, and a twinkle in his eye, he looks drunk? Santa…

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A war of words inside my head

By Matthew Dicks | December 6, 2009

Another gem from Nathan Bransford in regards to responding to a manuscript critique: “If you find yourself getting mad it’s probably because your editor/critique partner is right.” Thankfully, the editorial process for my first two…

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Available for pre-order

By Matthew Dicks | December 5, 2009

Amazon is now listing Unexpectedly, Milo, my second novel, which will be released on August 3 next year. This release date was actually news to me, but I assume the good people at Amazon have…

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Potato chips, dead people and armed barbers

By Matthew Dicks | December 5, 2009

Chicken Shack, the working title of the book I am writing, features a combination funeral home and fried chicken restaurant.  The idea came to me while driving through my hometown of Blackstone, Massachusetts, with my…

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Overconfidence

By Matthew Dicks | December 4, 2009

Last month, Nathan Bransford wrote a post centering on five lessons he learned about writing from watching reality television. It’s an amusing and insightful piece, and I thought his first lesson was the most pertinent:…

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This could work…

By Matthew Dicks | December 3, 2009
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Resolution update: November 2009

By Matthew Dicks | December 3, 2009

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 to hold myself accountable. 1. Finish my second novel before…

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You can put lipstick on a pig…

By Matthew Dicks | December 2, 2009

A couple of years ago, I wrote about my distrust of flowery, ostentatious names and any name that attempts to make something sound more cosmopolitan or international than it actually is. At the time, my…

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Tuesday Teaser

By Matthew Dicks | December 1, 2009

Blogger Wendy Morris of Well-Mannered Frivolity recently wrote a post about Something Missing, which I thought was interesting and unique. Wendy’s politics and mine are like oil and water, but our fondness for books might…

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That’s my book!

By Matthew Dicks | December 1, 2009

Book maven, Twitter fiend, and podcaster extraordinaire Ann Kingman directed me to this photo on the website of the Northshire Bookstore in Vermont. The subject of her email: Something Missing “in the wild” As dorky…

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