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Guest Post — The Reason for the Typo

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The following is a guest thought by Jason McIntire, who wanted to make a quick stop here as he promotes his new novel, Flight School. He believes in trying to say a lot in a short space – which is probably one reason it took him a year and six months, working more or less consistently, to write a novel of 60,000 words. He’ll be giving us a paragraph or two on the ever-popular subject of typographical errors. Stay tuned for book links and a giveaway at the end.

While reading The Sparrow Found A House to a friend the … Keep reading

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The Liebster Award

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So, Faith was kind enough to award me the Liebster Award (who was Liebster and what is it an award for? I’m not entirely sure… but it looked fun and I was touched that Faith thought of me, so why not?) and so here I am! I know I’ve not been blogging very much–I’ve been moving for the summer and going through a rough time in my personal life, and I let things slide. But I’m going to work to do better. Thank you for your patience!

What is this Liebster Award? Well here are the rules…

1. Link back … Keep reading

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Don’t Write What You Know

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Anyone who’s ever turned their hand to writing knows this this adage, as well as most who haven’t. “Write what you know.” There are many great writers who have followed this advice. Charles Dickens, for instance. Nearly all of his stories had autobiographical elements, and most of them took place in the nineteenth century London where he lived out his life. Or L. M. Montgomery. She wrote of Prince Edward Island, her world, and the people and dynamics of a small town in her era.

But what about Isaac Asimov? Sure he knew science, but how much personal experience did … Keep reading

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Too Many Murders

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I’m a very big fan of detective and mystery stories. I always have been. From Encyclopedia Brown when I was seven, to Nancy Drew when I was twelve, from Sherlock Holmes in my teens, to Agatha Christie as an adult–I love a good whodunnit. I also enjoy mystery TV shows–Monk, Psych, Murder, She Wrote… if it’s clever and mysterious and more or less clean, I like it.

It wasn’t surprising that for my first “serious” works when I was a young teen I chose to write a mystery series–about twins, Annie and Bobby Tucker. They took on cases and solved … Keep reading

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Write Like the Sun

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Men say, practically, Begin where you are and such as you are, without aiming mainly to become of more worth, and with kindness aforethought go about doing good. If I were to preach at all in this strain, I should say rather, Set about being good. ~ Henry David Thoreau, Economy

Mr. Thoreau and I would disagree on a great many things, but when I read this quote in his essay on Economy, I was struck by it, and by the illustration that follows. He uses the example of the sun, which he says does not rush around … Keep reading

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