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Guest Blogger Linda Rodriguez: What Can We Learn From the Century’s Bestsellers

What Can We Learn From the Century’s Bestsellers by Linda Rodriguez Matt Kahn is a blogger with an unusual idea. He is reading the 94 books that have been listed as the year’s bestseller by Publishers Weekly for each year of the 100 years since PW began announcing the bestselling book of each year. http://www.kahnscorner.com/2013/02/100-years-94-books.html …

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Guest Blogger: Paula Gail Benson – What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me About Writing

What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me about Writing by Paula Gail Benson Just having a law degree doesn’t make you a lawyer. Most states require that a law school graduate pass a bar examination to work and have the title “attorney.” Bar review courses of six-to-eight weeks help law school grads prepare for bar …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER I recently had a short story, Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief! published in the Mardi Gras Murder anthology. Of the thirteen stories included in the book, Queen of the King Cakes by Harriette Sackler particularly caught my attention so I decided to interview Harriette. 1. Tell me about …

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Using Words – A Not So Subtle Message by Debra H. Goldstein

Using Words – A Not So Subtle Message by Debra H. Goldstein Communicating through words is what sets us apart from other species. Certainly gorillas, puppy dogs, and other animals communicate between themselves or with humans through looks, movements, and sounds, but the use of words to convey meaning distinguishes us. Words can be spoken, …

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Everything Becomes A Story – by Debra H. Goldstein

Everything Becomes A Story by Debra H. Goldstein What do you get when you add two type “A” mothers, a would-be bride and groom, and two somewhat laid back dads?  Answer:  Some Mamazilla moments, a couple who describe their wedding as “awesome,” and two still somewhat laid back dads with emptier pockets. What do you …

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Guest Blogger: Judy Hogan – From Experience to Mystery

FROM EXPERIENCE TO MYSTERY by Judy Hogan Being seventy-six has so many advantages for a mystery novelist. I have all those experiences behind me, and in my case they were quite diverse. I’ve never earned a living writing, so besides being a teacher of creative writing, my second vocation writing is my first.  I’ve earned …

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I Didn’t Know I Was Going Crazy by Debra H. Goldstein

I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS GOING CRAZY….by Debra H. Goldstein I am the mother of twins.  My daughter slept through the night almost immediately.  My son functioned on two non-consecutive hours of sleep in a twenty-four hour period.  I thought I was using my time effectively putting a laundry in at 2 a.m. and changing …

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Guest Blogger Terry Shames: The One Thing That Defies Organization

The One Thing That Defies Organization by Terry Shames With the lead-up to publication of my debut novel, A KILLING AT COTTON HILL, came months of unaccustomed work preparing for marketing and promotion. I had heard how much time and effort it took, but I was unprepared for the fact that everything else pretty much …

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