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By Matthew Dicks | July 11, 2009

A big thank you to Alan Bradley, author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, who was kind enough to write a guest review for Something Missing for Amazon. His book is quite…

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Star Trek: Coincidentally flawed

By Matthew Dicks | July 10, 2009

In 1982 I wrote a letter to Steven Spielberg suggesting he hire me as the Common Sense Director for his movies. I explained that my role would be to point out the silly, avoidable flaws…

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“Something Missing” making a name for itself

By Matthew Dicks | July 10, 2009

I found a few tidbits of good news regarding Something Missing as I surfed the web and combed through my email today: First, Something Missing was listed in Goodreads’ July newsletter under their Movers and Shakers…

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Group descriptors

By Matthew Dicks | July 9, 2009

A murder of crows. A pride of lions. A gaggle of geese. All great ways of describing a group of animals. I recently heard a new one I liked a lot: A gossip about women.…

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Literary love connections

By Matthew Dicks | July 8, 2009

The Guardian recently published a piece on Border’s new dating site for bibliophiles in the UK, which promises to bring together singletons based on their unique literary interests. “Unlike other dating services, Borders dating is…

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Book covers

By Matthew Dicks | July 7, 2009

Designer Chip Kidd posted a gallery of some of his favorite book covers since 2000. Some excellent choices. I’ve come to like the cover of Something Missing a lot as well, and I have heard…

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“Unexpectedly, Milo” – A synopsis

By Matthew Dicks | July 6, 2009

Since I posted about the sale of my next book, I’ve received several requests for a synopsis from booksellers, friends, relatives, and a few strangers. I adore my agent, Taryn, for many reasons, including her…

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Poor but happy

By Matthew Dicks | July 5, 2009

I spent the weekend at my in-laws’ home in the Berkshires, celebrating the Fourth of July. Joining us for dinner was Elysha’s grandmother, my daughter’s great-grandmother, who is 87 years old and sharp as a…

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Writer’s Digest article online

By Matthew Dicks | July 3, 2009

I posted about Jordan Rosenfeld’s feature on Something Missing and me in the July/August issue of Writer’s Digest a couple of weeks ago. The article has found its way to the web for anyone interested.

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Book deal!

By Matthew Dicks | July 2, 2009

Great news! Today, I’ve accepted an offer from Broadway, the publisher of Something Missing, for my second book, Unexpectedly, Milo. And happily, I can continue working with my editor, Melissa, even though she’s now working…

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