Monthly Archives: December 2013

Top Ten Things Not to Do on New Year’s Eve

Here is the 26th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. … Continue reading

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Fear and the Will to Write

I do what I can to get work done.  That doesn’t mean any one thing, though.  It just means I try everything. On a daily basis.  (From “An Interview with David Anthony Durham” in The Writer’s Chronicle, Volume 46, Number … Continue reading

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More Than Just a Habit–The Letters of Flannery O’Connor

Originally posted on Margaret Langstaff:
Cover via Amazon The recent attention and acclaim Flannery O’Connor’s previously unpublished “Prayer Journal” has received inspired me over the holidays to pull out my well-thumbed marked up copy of her selected letters, THE HABIT OF…

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Five Reasons Everyone Should Know George du Maurier

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:
This is the fourth in our ‘Five Reasons’ series, which could carry the alternative name of ‘Forgotten Victorians’, since every writer we’ve looked at so far has belonged to that period: our previous posts have…

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Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost thirteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons…

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The First Film Adaptation of A Christmas Carol (1901)

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:
As an appendix to our previous post on the interesting history of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, here is a link to a Youtube video containing the first known film adaptation of Dickens’s classic story. Directed by…

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‘Tis the Season to Receive … Awards!

I have been rather remiss of late. I’ve been honored a few times recently with awards, but I’ve been slow to respond to the award givers.  Time flies.  Seems like just yesterday, I was posing for this picture … But … Continue reading

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