Author Archives: Paul j Rogers

Pictures in the Pages (Part 1)

Illustrations in novels can, very broadly, be categorised into two distinct groups: standalone character/plot illustrations, and sketches and diagrams that interact directly with the text. In this post, I’ll take a look at the first category, standalone sketches that serve to define characters in the readers’ mind’s eye, while simultaneously summarising key action in a […]

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As Yet, Untitled

Nick’s last blog post about the titling of Inherent Vice inspired me to write a general piece about titles. But then a neon tube flickered, before sputtering out in a power short. While wafting away cathode gas, I vaguely recalled blogging about this topic before. A quick search through the Drugstore archives confirmed that I […]

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By Prescription Only: Faces

The deadline for Faces, our next BPO, is next week! Please send submissions by October 17th. Please send your submissions to: contact@drugstorebooks.com. Theme: Faces Length: 3,000-8,000 words Format: MS Word 97-2003 (If you’re using a recent version of Word then please save as a .doc and not a .docx file, this will help smooth out compatibility issues.) […]

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How Should I Publish?

First of all, some terms. Exhibit a) Indie publishing, aka self-publishing, or, if you prefer, self-pubbing (which sounds a lot like the process of turning oneself into an alehouse). Exhibit b) Traditional publishing, aka trad-publishing (© Andrew Oberg, 2011) and its obvious derivative trad-pubbing (conjuring images of a ghastly Oxbridge bar crawl), and then, finally, […]

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By Prescription Only: Faces

Work is a terrible thing. In light of that universal truth, we’ve extended the submission deadline for Faces, our next BPO, to October 17th. Please send your submissions to: contact@drugstorebooks.com. Theme: Faces Length: 3,000-8,000 words Format: MS Word 97-2003 (If you’re using a recent version of Word then please save as a .doc and not […]

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Men of Principle: Two (Blog Second)

Last week I began to build the case for Diggory Venn, in Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native, as a man of principle. Here’s the concluding part. Despite his self-imposed outcast status (a reddleman), Venn is no passive observer in the narrative. He pops up everywhere, mainly to try to protect and serve Thomasin, […]

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Men of Principle: Two (Blog First)

A month or so ago, I blogged about men of principle and then followed up the post with a look at laconic characters. I encountered this next man of principle as a young student. Lazy toad that I was, one particular A-level lit lecturer was the perfect match for me because he read course novels […]

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The Laconic Man

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Lt. Castillo from the eighties TV show Miami Vice. There’s plenty more I could’ve written about him if I hadn’t been handcuffed to a tight word length. With more words, I would’ve expanded upon his sense of duty, which is not some nine-to-five obligation but his raison d’être. […]

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Men of Principle: One

My occasional posts before our summer break will be about characters that I have, at some point in my murky past, connected with in one way or another. They could be from literature, film, or TV and I’ll try to examine them grouped by an overriding theme. The first theme (as you can see from […]

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Back in March

A big thanks to all the contributors to the last BPO, Space. There were some great essays and stories this time. We’ll be back in mid-March with regular blogs, so be sure to stop by.      

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