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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Death #1

By Matthew Dicks | November 11, 2009

The author bio in SOMETHING MISSING states that I died twice before the age of eighteen and was brought back to life by paramedics both times. I get asked about this a lot through email…

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Dedication for “Unexpectedly, Milo”

By Matthew Dicks | November 10, 2009

I’ve been pondering the dedication to my new book for about a month now, and just yesterday, I came up with an idea. My wife doesn’t like it, and her instincts are usually correct, but…

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On good authority, I haven’t changed a bit

By Matthew Dicks | November 9, 2009

During my appearance at Renaissance Books on Saturday, I was asked to explain why I chose the section of Something Missing that I read aloud to audiences. I find the actual reading of the book…

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Hometown appearance

By Matthew Dicks | November 8, 2009

I spent Saturday in my hometown of Blackstone, MA, speaking about Something Missing to audiences in the Blackstone Public Library and then down the road at Renaissance Books in Uxbridge, MA. There were great turnouts…

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We can’t possibly be this desperate for ideas

By Matthew Dicks | November 7, 2009

Out of all the possible movies that could be made based upon any number of books, musicals, plays, television series, or even (God forbid) original concepts, do we really need film based upon the board…

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Brutal

By Matthew Dicks | November 6, 2009

This is the meanest girl I’ve ever seen. She is the kind of character who I would like to write about someday. Not an easy character to like, but that’s what I think would make…

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My hometown

By Matthew Dicks | November 6, 2009

Tomorrow, I will head to my hometown of Blackstone, MA, to join local author Stacy Juba in a joint appearance at the Blackstone Public Library and Renaissance Books in Uxbridge, MA. If you’d like to…

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Editor at all hours

By Matthew Dicks | November 6, 2009

I know I’ve said it before, but after working on copy edits and report cards until after midnight and then writing a quick post for this blog, it’s remarkably reassuring knowing that there is someone…

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Admitting my failure

By Matthew Dicks | November 5, 2009

I’ve been reviewing the copy edits to Unexpectedly, Milo this week, and as I reach the halfway point in the manuscript, allow me to share some of my more frequent mistakes that have been brought…

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Briarwood and Beyond, but no coffee, please.

By Matthew Dicks | November 4, 2009

A couple of nights ago, when I wasn’t hacking up a lung, I attended the Briarwood and Beyond Book Club meeting where Something Missing was the book being discussed. I’ve attended several book clubs over…

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