Month: February 2010

Trucking Along

You know why they tell you to write everyday? It’s not so that your fingers won’t lose their supple musculature. It’s not so that your keyboard gets that nice, worn-in feeling–where it feels like the keys are molding to your fingertips. It’s not even for consistant word count, even though that’s the nice side effect.…

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Sometimes You’ve Gotta Lose Your Mind: Mentor of the Month: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s first big hit was Tortilla Flat. I haven’t made it very far in…but enough to comment. It opens like all Steinbeck’s stuff–with beautifully desolate descriptions of place. The introduction tells us that this is a rethinking of King Arthur, which has been done before, and often. This time it’s set in California during…

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The Thinking is the Problem

Recently I started a new job. Yay! More money, more fun position. My new position is more fun because it involves stratigizing–which I dig. It’s what I like about the writing process. Sorting out problems, finding the solutions, and hopefully the result is reward: publication, money, etc. Turns out, the new job’s challenges seem to…

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The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard My rating: 4 of 5 starsDisclaimer: Just because I won this book, had it personally signed to me, and have spoken personally with the author and her agent does not mean that I’ve adjusted my review in any way. The really good stuff: the main character is not a…

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