Monthly Archives: February 2015

Everyone Needs a Good Editor

Most of you here know me as an author and book raconteur, but the bulk of my time is spent editing other people’s books. I’ve been doing this professionally for over twenty years and find it very gratifying to help … Continue reading

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Writing Rules: Avoid the Hoopdedoodle

Elmore Leonard, the modern master of the “low life” detective story and mystery, was one of my favorite contemporary writers and when he died a few years ago I felt a personal loss of a very unique, important voice on … Continue reading

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Best American Novels? from The American Scholar

[Something to argue about.] One Hundred Best American Novels, 1770 to 1985 (a Draft) A reading enthusiast’s list By David Handlin Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on reddit Share on email About a year ago I put an … Continue reading

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Music to My Ears

After three years my MARLIN, DARLIN keeps on garnering great reviews. The latest — 5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills, Chills, rofl, Realism, and Just Plain Good Writin’!, February 8, 2015 By Deborah A. Bowman, author – See all my … Continue reading

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There’s Something About a Man in Uniform

This is off topic for this literary blog (unless I try to tie it to the many fine novels written about the travails of the military in wartime, which I won’t.).  But I observed an incident at the checkout at … Continue reading

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Writers, Is it a calling or a job? NYTBR

I don’t know how something can be both interesting and pedestrian at the same time. In this case it may be that it’s interesting that the New York Times Book Review has chosen to spotlight so pedestrian an essay about … Continue reading

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