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Writing’s seasons

The rains come in spring (and summer and fall if you live in East Asia), the wheat, corn, rice, grows tall and proud, ripens, and is harvested. The soil rests, recovers, and the late winter or early spring sees another round of preparing, planting, tending, waiting. The moon waxes and wanes, the temperatures rise and […]

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Devotion, or Loving a project

Devotion tends to get short shrift these days. It could be a byproduct of the mentality that our current economic system of favoring (well, sanctifying) consumerism has bred into us, where everything is easily disposable and even more easily replaced, or it could be a byproduct of our ever-shortening attention spans, where even the daily […]

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The romance and the mystery of writing

Japan is a funny place. In many ways life here carries on as if it were always and forever the 1990s, and the nineties were not an altogether good decade for Japan. So it is that I still, in this day and age, walk down to my local video store to rent DVDs when I […]

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Second-rate writing

Simone de Beauvoir, author, essayist, social critic, and titan of feminism, wrote an influential essay in 1951 titled “Must We Burn Sade?” In it the infamous marquis is assessed through the lens of the reputation that he has garnered, and de Beauvoir finds both positive and negative aspects to his work and legacy. It is […]

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On intention

A few months back Nick wrote a very interesting post on hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s films, especially 2001: A Space Odyssey. As Nick points out, there are layers of clues and subtle communications within Kubrick’s works, some of which may not have been intended for the average viewer at all but rather aimed at […]

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9 Tips to Help Ensure E-Book Success

This week is our second installment from James A. Rose on self-publishing and marketing tips. Be sure to check out his post last week too in case you missed it. Thanks James! We’ll be back to our usual stuff next week with a look at author intentions. Indie e-book publishing has exploded in recent years […]

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8 Tips to Boost your Self-Published Book

This week and next week James A. Rose has very kindly offered to do some guest posts for us about writing and the self-publishing process, specifically as regards marketing. Thanks again James for some wonderful nuts and bolts stuff! As if the undertaking of the monumental task of writing a book was not enough; marketing […]

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Healing

I was profoundly affected by the events in Paris. I’m not sure why, perhaps because of my respect and admiration for French culture, or perhaps because it was so easy for me to imagine myself in the victims’ places, simply going about my daily life when the unspeakable unfolded around me. Yet I am ashamed […]

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Shall We Assume They’ll Google?

An interesting piece published in the New Yorker recently inspired these thoughts on writing and reference. The article caught my eye because of the title, “Bob Dylan, Fanboy.” In sum, it is a look at a new book by David Kinney called “The Dylanologists.” Besides learning that one obsessed fan owns Dylan’s childhood high chair, I […]

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The Digital Dragon and Death of the Novel

For a long time I would employ any old reason to put off writing: I need to read more first; I don’t have anything original to say; it’s too frustrating when the words on the page don’t match the magic in my mind; it’s all been said before; no one will read what I hope […]

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