Nov
10

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Howard Jones and Mark Rigney at the Evansville North Library

Hardboiled Monday is temporarily on hold today so I can get all nearby reader attention to come to the Evansville, IN North Park Library on Wed. Nov. 12th!

My good friend and fellow writer Mark Rigney will be holding forth with me starting at 6:30, talking about all things books: craft, genres, publishing, the whole enchilada. Yes, we’ll have books to purchase, but the emphasis will be on a seminar-style chat. Questions will be welcome! And YOU, yes YOU, are welcome to attend!

Nov
7

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Lord Dunsany Re-Read: A Dreamer’s Tales, Part 4

dreamer's talesThis Friday brings us the fourth installment of our read through of a Lord Dunsany short story collection, A Dreamer’s Tales. My friends Bill Ward and C.S.E. Cooney have joined me once again to share thoughts. You can join in too — this book’s stories not only are quite short, they’re freely available as a Kindle download or through Project Gutenberg. It won’t take very long to catch up if you haven’t read them yet, so you might want to do so before you read any further.

This week we tackled only two stories, “Carcassonne” and “In Zaccarath.” We have a pretty simple review scale. One star is a standout and two stars is truly great.

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Nov
5

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Link Man’s Revenge

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This being NaNoWriMo I should probably be writing helpful posts about my own revising process… but the fact of the matter is I kind of have my hands so full with revising right now I just don’t have the time. Perhaps that sort of advice will come in handy next month, when so many people have most or large portions of brand new novels written.

In any case, today I’m just going to post some links.

First, for all of you writers out there, here’s some depressing news, although most of you probably already knew it.

Second, a wonderful letter from Sam Sykes to GrimDark fantasy you definitely need to read.

Finally, some writing advice from the talented, award-winning, indefatigable Mary Robinette Kowal.

Link Man, away!

 

Nov
3

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Hardboiled Monday: Quarry

quarryAs with preceding Hardboiled Mondays, Chris Hocking and I are working our way down the master list in alphabetical order. Details and the list are here. And earlier discussions are here.

Today we’re looking at one of the book seres by famed mystery and suspense writer Max Allan Collins, Quarry. Read More

Oct
31

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Lord Dunsany Re-Read: A Dreamer’s Tales, Part 3

dreamer's talesThis Friday brings us the third installment of our read through of a Lord Dunsany short story collection, A Dreamer’s Tales. My friends Bill Ward and C.S.E. Cooney have joined me once again to share thoughts. You can join in too — this book’s stories not only are quite short, they’re freely available as a Kindle download or through Project Gutenberg. It won’t take very long to catch up if you haven’t read them yet, so you might want to do so before you read any further.

This week we tackled four stories, “The Idle City,” “The Hashish Man,” “Poor Old Bill,” and “The Beggars.” We have a pretty simple review scale. One star is a standout and two stars is truly great. Read More

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