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word geekery, “hunger games edition”

(h/t Bryan Bessette)   Like everyone else in North America, I’ll be headed to the multiplex this weekend for Catching Fire, the new Hunger Games movie.  From the reviews I’ve seen already, I’m pretty sure that Fire will be a … Continue reading

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publishing “dragontamer’s daughters” (the indie way)

Several months into the attempt, I realized that it would be extremely unlikely to get my novel Dragontamer’s Daughters  published by traditional means.  If this were 1993 instead of 2013, I’d be pretty much hosed.  Fortunately, this is the 21st … Continue reading

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publishing “dragontamer’s daughters” (the traditional way)

The process of trying to get a book published has been very educational.   After I had finished (or thought I had finished) writing Dragontamer’s Daughters  in August 2010, I set out trying to get it published the traditional way.  Once upon a … Continue reading

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so i got that goin’ for me, which is nice

Yesterday, I received some appreciation from the folks at Wattpad.com, where anyone can read both Dragontamer’s Daughters books.     As I’ve mentioned before, Wattpad is a site where anyone can upload and/or download stories to read, for free.  Because … Continue reading

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save the date: authors’ night, 12/5/2013

Come join me and a slew of great Eastern Shore authors on Thursday, December 5 for a book sale and signing at Fisherman’s Inn at the Kent Narrows (3116 Main Street, Grasonville, MD).  We write lots of different genres, so … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: j.r. salamanca

The latest in a series recognizing the best teachers I had   I was stunned and saddened to learn that on October 30 of this year, just a few weeks ago, the great J.R. Salamanca passed away peacefully in his … Continue reading

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learning from “tropes vs. women”

I swear, I’m forever behind the curve on pop culture things.  I only realized how awesome Led Zeppelin was after they’d broken up.  I only saw maybe one or two episodes each of Cheers, Friends, and Seinfeld.  I started watching … Continue reading

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learning social media, and upcoming events

For the past few months, I’ve been getting together with Brent Lewis and some fellow writers to research and teach each other about social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc.  We’ve been meeting for about an hour or every four-six weeks.  I … Continue reading

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thug notes: a new take on old books

(hat tip to Mary Robinette Kowal)   When I was in high school and college, I sometimes found it difficult to appreciate certain classics.  Great Expectations did nothing for me; likewise for Crime and Punishment.  Sometimes, it was just the … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: verlyn flieger

In honor of the kids going back to school, this will be the first of several posts about the great teachers I was fortunate enough to have in my academic career.  To kick things off, let me tell you about Professor … Continue reading

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