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A blog by Matthew Dicks

The half-finished book

By Matthew Dicks | September 24, 2009

Suzanne Munshower of The Guardian praises the half-finished book, celebrating her willingness to put a book down before finishing it if the story no longer captivates her. I’m not sure how I feel about this.…

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Consider the source

By Matthew Dicks | September 23, 2009

Sometimes, the best compliments that you receive about your book come from the most meaningful sources. High school English teacher Bob Stewart listed Something Missing as #5 on his list of Top 10 books of…

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Visiting Westport with Margot Berwin

By Matthew Dicks | September 22, 2009

Last night, author Margot Berwin and I spoke about our recently published novels at the Westport Public Library in Westport, CT. As was the case a few weeks ago when we both appeared at the…

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The Island of Misfit Books

By Matthew Dicks | September 21, 2009

Sometimes, I ponder the fate of my books. Will anyone read them a hundred years from now? Will libraries still have them on their shelves? Will they even exist? Or even worse, will one of…

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Be prepared.

By Matthew Dicks | September 20, 2009

Martin, the protagonist of Something Missing, rehearses conversations. He must. He is socially inept, and he can only function effectively in the world through advanced preparation. Though I am not socially inept (I hope), I…

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A float has to float

By Matthew Dicks | September 20, 2009

Attempting to improve my ability to craft dialogue, I find myself listening to people more and more, eavesdropping on conversations, and carefully noting a person’s choice of words. Today, I was in Carvel, waiting to…

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Difficult to defend Dan

By Matthew Dicks | September 19, 2009

Dan Brown seems to be taking a lot of abuse lately. When you sell almost 100 million books, you make yourself a target. After all, success breeds envy, jealousy, stupidity, and downright cruelty. I have…

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First peek at UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO’s cover

By Matthew Dicks | September 17, 2009

I got my first peek at the proposed cover art for Unexpectedly, Milo today, and I think I love it. There are tweaks that I think need to be made, but overall, my first reaction…

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High expectations

By Matthew Dicks | September 16, 2009

I was reading through my contract for Unexpectedly, Milo, preparing to sign, when I came across the section entitled Description of the Work.  It provides a basic summary of the book, probably included to prevent…

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Ice cream connoisseur

By Matthew Dicks | September 16, 2009

You know your wife takes her ice cream seriously when she requires five minutes of online research before deciding upon a flavor. Before leaving the house, I had to commit her preferences to memory.  In…

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