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A blog by Matthew Dicks


By Matthew Dicks | February 20, 2009

Great news!  I finished my book. At 11:58 PM on Friday night, I typed the final words of the epilogue, ending an almost fourteen-month journey into the life of Milo Slade. I couldn’t be more…

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The changing landscape of publishing

By Matthew Dicks | February 17, 2009

For your reading enjoyment, here is an article from Time magazine on the impact of the digital age on the world of publishing. I found it rather interesting.

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Not my cup of tea

By Matthew Dicks | February 16, 2009

I’ve been reading The Story of Edgar Sawtell, a novel by David Wroblewski. I almost never abandon a book once I’ve started reading it, but I fear that I may put this one aside soon.…

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More on the Border’s Book Club selection

By Matthew Dicks | February 15, 2009

As a Border’s book club pick, Something Missing will get three face-outs in a bay at the front of the store and will be discounted by 20%. It also appears that I will have the…

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Border’s Book Club selection

By Matthew Dicks | February 11, 2009

Good news! Something Missing is going to be a Book Club selection at Borders! Naturally, I had no idea what this meant when I was first told by my editor via email, but based upon…

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By Matthew Dicks | February 10, 2009

An anonymous reader recently asked: You write a lot about your mother-in-law but not about your own mother. What does she think of your success? Sadly, my mother never got to see my book in…

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The next book

By Matthew Dicks | February 5, 2009

As I approach the end of my second book, I find myself looking ahead to my third with great excitement. A couple of days ago, I mentioned some of my ideas to my wife, and…

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My actual office

By Matthew Dicks | February 4, 2009

Having mentioned that I have an office that I retreat to on occasion, I thought I’d give you a peek at what it looked like. Surrounded on three sides by five ancient, drafty windows, the…

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My office

By Matthew Dicks | February 3, 2009

A couple of years ago, Elysha bought me a book by Kurt Vonnegut’s widow, Jill Krementz, entitled The Writer’s Desk. The book contains a collection of photographs of the work spaces of well-known authors and…

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John Updike, 1932-2009

By Matthew Dicks | January 28, 2009

In case you didn’t hear, we lost John Updike this week.  I haven’t read much of his work in years, and regrettably, I have yet to read any of his Rabbit books, but I read…

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