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Writer Brain vs Non-Writer Brain

If you’ve ever wondered: Three senarios comparing Writer Brain (WB) to Non-Writer Brain (NWB) while out for a walk in Eliza Howell park in the early morning hours. SENARIO 1: SCENE: White van with blacked-out windows enters the park. NWB: May or may not notice white van with blacked-out windows.Read More …

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Singing The Small Press Blues

So, I was up at Beyond The Margins this morning, reading a post about envy by Robin Black. I think most, if not all, writers are envious of other writers at one point or another. But that alone is not why I checked the post out. I’ve been struggling withRead More …

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Fire and Rain

The moon is nearing full. I can see it outside my bedroom window. Clear sky. Cold. Back in Detroit. Back home. Who would believe that shit? Look down upon me, Jesus. This city is in the toilet. Is that the way it should be? Seen fire. Seen rain. Detroit inRead More …

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The Promo Pokey

Check the Google + Your Facebook friends Goodreads, must read You write them all a post You’re doin’ the Promo Pokey At the Library Thing That’s what it’s all about. Now you Twitter Twitter Twitter till Your keyboard smokes On to Shelfari Then you write a Red Room post You’reRead More …

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Interview in an Athen’s Newspaper

There are a number of newspapers in Athens, Greece. Only one is printed in English. My publisher, Rebel ePublishers, and I have been trying to contact any of them, without success, since the release of Stealing the Marbles in September of last year. Early in May, from extreme left field,Read More …

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Humpday Dessert – 03/02/2011

I haven’t posted anything in nearly two weeks because I’ve been in the throes of giving up a 50 year habit. My brain is melting, the critters have all moved away from me on the Group W bench, the Dudes+1 have been out for so many walks they actually hideRead More …

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e vs Tree

Sales of eBooks continue to increase, causing tremors in the traditional publishing industry. The future of publishing is in question; not so much if there is will be a future, but rather what it will look like and how many of the Big 6 will survive the changes coming on.Read More …

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The Parthenon – Part 1

As Gerasimos abrasively points out in the first chapter of Stealing The Marbles, construction, under the supervision of the sculptor Phidias and the architects, Iktinos and Kallikrates, began on the present day Parthenon in 447 BC and was essentially completed by 432 BC, though work on the decorations continued untilRead More …

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It’s The End Of The Publishing Industry As We Know It

This post was originally featured on Gerald Brandt’s blog on 01/07/2011. Thanks, Gerald, for letting me share it with your readers. There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the death of the publishing industry. There are those who applaud its supposed imminent demise, those who decry it, and thoseRead More …

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No Comment

Writing a blog post is like conversing in a dark room. You’re fairly sure there are others in the room but they so rarely respond that you begin to doubt yourself, wondering, for all the effort you’ve put into your posts or into the look and feel of your blog,Read More …

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Blank Screen Fever

I have a bad case of Blank Screen Fever. Back in the pre-computer days, this might of been thought of as Blank Page Fever. It’s similar to the White Line Fever truckers get when, after driving and staring at that never ending white line down the center of the road,Read More …

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The Silly Season

It’s nearly three in the morning and I have no idea why I’m awake, other than the fact that I can’t sleep. Duh? It’s officially 22F degrees here in the land of flowers, 13F if you believe the thermometer outside my door. Not a lot of difference there as farRead More …

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Sunday Brunch – 11/21/2010

It’s been a hectic week between trying to crawl my exhausted self to the finish line of Meter Maids Eat Their Young and jumping back onto the promo wagon for Stealing The Marbles. Jayne, my editor over at Rebel, who has had to doff a PR hat to go withRead More …

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Sunday Brunch – 11/14/2010

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Sunday Brunch post, not since this blog was titled Only On Sunday. Looking back over this whole blog experience, and life in general, it’s weird how things have evolved over time. Resurrecting Sunday Brunch is, I’ll admit, a bit of a cop-out. I’mRead More …

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Things I’ve Learned About Book Promo – Part 2

Summing up Things I’ve Learned About Book Promo – Part 1: stand-alone book site – Bad, stand-alone author site – Good, and, publishing a book means rarely having enough time to work on the next one. They say (not sure who ‘they’ are) that to make money, you’ve got toRead More …

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