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Jim  Murdoch Jim Murdoch's blog:

buddha in the attic

Haruko left a tiny laughing brass Buddha up high, in a corner of the attic, where he is still laughing to this day – Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic




The last time my wife went back to the States I watched the documentary To Be Takei. I have to confess to not knowing very much about George...

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Published on December 21, 2014 04:30 • 1 view
Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin's blog:
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Published on December 21, 2014 23:00 • 1 view
Julian E. Kulski Julian E. Kulski's blog:
The holidays are a time for gathering with family and reflecting back on the year. We give thanks for what we have and remember those we have lost. We try to help those who are less fortunate than us. But perhaps the best part of the holidays is that they bring people together over traditions tha... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 07:49 • 3 views
Walter Jon Williams Walter Jon Williams's blog:

1d43f79a84dccba04f4f1bd726db3dfcBack in New Mexico! Hurrah!
The last leg was the shortest but difficult, because of the difficulty of driving an overloaded, underpowered vehicle uphill, into the face of a headwind gusting to maybe 40 knots, on a weekend interstate highway choked with 18-wheelers. When the wind died down I final... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 19:10 • 1 view
Cherie Priest Cherie Priest's blog:
Posting will be scant for the coming week, as we're packing up the "kids" and heading up to my dad's place in Kentucky for the holiday. My poor dear unlucky cousin is a nurse, and she has to work - so she'll be house-sitting while we're gone, which always makes me feel better about leaving town.... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 13:03 • 1 view
Laura Anne Gilman Laura Anne Gilman's blog:
Since it's been a hit the two latke parties I've brought it to, I figure I might as well post the recipe - such as it is - here for others to adopt.

6 apples (I use granny smith, but adjust for the level of sweet/tart you prefer)
2 pears (Bosc are my preferences but any will work)
1 c. water
juice of... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 20:31 • 1 view
George R.R. Martin George R.R. Martin's blog:
Sony's stance on THE INTERVIEW seems to take a new twist every day.

Now we are told that, yes, they are going to release the film. They are just not sure how.

Of course, this all depends on who you believe.

THE NEW YORK POST says they plan to release it on Crackle, their own streaming internet ser... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 23:58 • 8 views
Sharon Lee Sharon Lee's blog:

So, things have been rockin’ and rollin’ here at the Confusion Factory. Yesterday, we took time out from holiday prep (insert laugh track) to take Steve to the weekend clinic at Inland Hospital, where he achieved the diagnosis of bronchial pneumonia, orders to Take It Easy, and a prescription for...

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Published on December 21, 2014 07:33 • 1 view
P.C. Cast P.C. Cast's blog:
I'd like to wish all of you a blessed, magickal Solstice celebration! May you hold Light in your heart during the longest night of the year, and always! Blessed be! PC Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 12:13 • 2 views
Laurell K. Hamilton Laurell K. Hamilton's blog:
Listening to Christmas carols and the ocean, as I sit outside and write to the glow of holiday lights. The windows are open behind me so the carols on the blue tooth speaker are background noise to the pounding waves. … Continue reading → Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 15:49 • 1 view
Lou Anders Lou Anders's blog:
What a nice way to start the day. Aleksandra's Corner calls Frostborn "one of the best fantasy adventures I've read" and places it tied for first in theirTop 10 of 2014: Best Books I've Read in 2014! list. Aleksandra says:
Frostborn is the first book in the Thrones & Bones series, and the fas...
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Published on December 22, 2014 07:19 • 1 view
Joe Abercrombie Joe Abercrombie's blog:

I liked Dragon Age: Origins a lot when it came out way back in 2009. I’d long been a fan of Bioware’s D&D based fantasy RPGs, especially Baldur’s Gate I and II. Dragon Age seemed to introduce a new level of grittiness both moral and physical to the genre, with some interesting characters, dar...

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Published on December 21, 2014 06:07 • 7 views
Jaimey Grant Jaimey Grant's blog:
Death Becomes Her is free in the kindle store, Dec 21-25!Grab a copy and enjoy! ♥
The Amazon blurb:
Death Becomes Her originally appeared in InD'tale Magazine, written and published in eleven parts. It has been compiled here, with minimal changes from how each part originally appeared in that publi... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 07:13 • 1 view
Michael J. Sullivan Michael J. Sullivan's blog:
Considering how few spots there are in the various "best of" lists, I'm always amazed and honored to find my books on them. Audiofile Magazine is "the source" for keeping up on books in audio and I'm thrilled that The Rose and the Thorn made their best of 2014 list.


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The B... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 05:21 • 2 views
Java Davis Java Davis's blog:
My latest blog post on what it's like to have Russian followers.
http://theroadtripwriter.com/hello-ru...
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Published on December 22, 2014 07:19 • 32 views
Hilary West Hilary West's blog:
My latest mystery novel is out at last. 'Fraudster's Folly' is of course about fraud and its dire consequences. Ben Westbrook has just lost his mother and must decide on a career change. He decides to take a TEFL qualification at a nearby college with a view to teaching abroad, in France in fact.... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 06:56 • 28 views
Jack L. Pyke Jack L. Pyke's blog:
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I'm a good way into writing Gray Matters and constantly being spun around with the twists and turns that the Don't... boys keep throwing my way. But I've got to admit, Gray... being in his pov... he has such an esoteric decadence and general way with the world that I'm completely and utterly floo... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 06:41 • 1 view
Jürgen  Olschewski Jürgen Olschewski's blog:
Hello Folks!

Just wanted to mention that you can now also get a Paperback copy of ‘The Blue Box’, Signed by yours truly, directly from me, for the reasonable price of £7.99 (Inclusive of Postage).

This price is for UK customers only, at present, due to postage costs. :-) Or if somebody would

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Published on December 22, 2014 06:33 • 55 views
Chris Jane Chris Jane's blog:
Thank you, everyone who entered to receive signed copies of The Year of Dan Palace. I'm thrilled by your interest and hope you enjoy the book when it arrives.

(Speaking of which, I'm going to the post office today.

Three days before Christmas.

The post office.

I'm not questioning it or complaining... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 06:18 • 5 views
Marta Querol Marta Querol's blog:
Este pobre rincón de reflexiones y tonterías varias lleva unos meses al ralentí ―iba a decir que como como su autora, pero la autora lo que va es demasiado acelerada a pesar de sus buenas intenciones― pero en estas fechas no quería dejar de escribir lo que siento y recordar a los que tantas veces... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 06:17 • 3 views
Cindy Samul Cindy Samul's blog:
Yay the first day of winter! To celebrate, Snowman Amuck for Kindle is free today (Dec. 22). Get it today for free, enjoy it all winter (and beyond). Snowman Amuck
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Published on December 22, 2014 06:00 • 5 views
Rusty Kuhn Rusty Kuhn's blog:
28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NASB

This is probably one of the most misused verses in all of God’s word. I’ve heard Christian football players quote this verse claiming victory in the foo... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 05:52 • 5 views
Vincent Asaro Vincent Asaro's blog:
I have posted The Green Man - a short dark fantasy tale for the holiday season - on my Free Fiction page!

http://vincentasaro.weebly.com/free-f...

Something In the Dark - a collection of 21 original short horror stories - is still only 99 cents on Amazon.com!

http://www.amazon.com/Something-Dark-...... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 05:49 • 6 views
Jaffrey Clark Jaffrey Clark's blog:
This past month The Reaper's Seed  The Sword and the Promise by Jaffrey Clark I began what could be considered a new career, as an independently published writer.

Why? Why poke my little seed leaves through the ground in a forest of redwoods? Making it big in the world of Art can be like getting noticed and celebrated as a seedling while being surrounded by... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 05:23 • 6 views
Alice Y. Chen Alice Y. Chen's blog:
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Published on December 22, 2014 05:23 • 6 views
J.J. Hensley J.J. Hensley's blog:
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Published on December 22, 2014 05:17 • 6 views
Kristen Simmons Kristen Simmons's blog:
Big hugs and big thanks for a wonderful year here: http://www.kristensimmonsbooks.com/bl...

Much love, my friends!
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Published on December 22, 2014 05:14 • 7 views
Angela Gascoigne Angela Gascoigne's blog:
As they year draws to a close I find myself thinking about what I’ve achieved/not achieved in the writing world.

TWITTER
When I first started using Twitter (when my first book was published) it terrified me. I had no idea what it was all about or what I had to do with it. Now I see it as a great co... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 04:36 • 32 views
Irum Zahra Irum Zahra's blog:
I read a quote a few days before: You meet a lot of temporary people from the age of 18-22. And I kept wondering about all the people I have interacted with, all the people I left, I moved on from etc.
Is it true? Do people and their shadows walk away from us over the years?
There are people who a... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 04:19 • 5 views
Sergiu T. Sergiu T.'s blog:
Like every morning, she woke up five minutes before sounding the alarm, prepared breakfast, had a cup of coffee and went to the children's bedroom. Wake them up from their sweet morning sleep, was the most difficult thing for her to do.
Grace, a middle-aged woman, who lived across the street, cam... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 03:47 • 27 views
Martyn Stanley Martyn Stanley's blog:
Anna Parker-Naples has now auditioned all three books!

What do you think? Like?

http://martynstanley.com/auditions-an...
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Published on December 22, 2014 03:33 • 23 views
L.M. Roth L.M. Roth's blog:
L. M. Roth QUIZ OF THE DAY from L. M. Roth

The L. M. Roth Quiz of the Day is a quiz for those familiar with the books of L. M. Roth. If you are not familiar with the books of L. M. Roth, you’d better start cramming!

The answer to Friday's quiz: Ylva was the bloodthirsty character who demanded the e... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 03:08 • 6 views
Simon Vandereecken Simon Vandereecken's blog:

J’ai longtemps aimé écrire, j’ai passé de longues heures à noircir des pages, à imaginer des mondes, des histoires, des moments, mais je n’avais, jusqu’ici, jamais dépassé le stade de la petite nouvelle. Cette année, pris par un désir de vraiment tenter quelque chose de différent, je me suis insc...

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Published on December 22, 2014 02:39 • 5 views
Sean McSweeney Sean McSweeney's blog:
Liberty, the human rights organisation, had its 80th birthday this year, and celebrated by inviting 79 well-known figures (writers mainly) to contribute an article, piece of fiction or a poem. Members of the public were invited to submit entries for the 80th piece. I tried and did not win. You ca... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 02:59 • 66 views
C.J. Anderson C.J. Anderson's blog:
Heartblood leaked out from the wounds in his chest. Thickened apelike torso punctured by bullets. He'd been shot before and lived to tell. Hatred burned within his mind like an animal firebrand. He vowed to survive and hunt Vasquez down and skin her alive like some slaughterous manslaying vixen.
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Published on December 22, 2014 02:41 • 50 views
Ellis Amdur Ellis Amdur's blog:
I finished my final read-through last night. And started formatting the document for upload to Kindle. Not as easy as I thought, particularly on a Mac, where setting up the table of contents with hyperlinks is a step-by-step process. I can foresee a frustrating number of days going back and forth... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 01:43 • 7 views
N.  Davis N. Davis's blog:
A very early Merry Christmas to everyone!! To celebrate this festive season my new short story Sleigh Ride With Santa will be free. That's right, FREE, for this week only.
Sleigh Ride With Santa: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 01:24 • 34 views
Haim Kadman Haim Kadman's blog:
THE DEATH SCIENCES
SYNOPSIS
During a clandestine meeting in the old city of Jerusalem, not far from the holy shrines to Islam, Christianity and Judaism; Samir Mashrawee is persuaded in a sophisticated brainwash procedure to murder his ex rector in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and thus gain t... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 01:04 • 24 views
T.L. Alexander T.L. Alexander's blog:
Wanted to wish everyone happy holidays.
I've been updating my site the last few days. So…check it the hell out. New pictures, music and videos. I had a blast splicing and dicing (I think that's cooking?) or whatever you call it when you make videos.
I'm also doing my final edit, before Beneath... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 22, 2014 00:42 • 7 views
Andrea Speed Andrea Speed's blog:
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David   Torres David Torres's blog:
Chapter 2

It has been five days of endless walking. I approached a city, but what I saw was absolutely horrifying. Everything was destroyed. Concrete rubble everywhere, large craters in the streets, hell, even the street signs are illegible. I don’t know where I am. I can’t even use the buildings... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 22:20 • 27 views
Paul Fraser Collard Paul Fraser Collard's blog:
So it is just over a month now until the third Jack Lark Novel, THE DEVIL’S ASSASSIN hits the shelves.

Here is the official blurb:

The bold hero of THE SCARLET THIEF and THE MAHARAJAH'S GENERAL returns in an exhilarating and dangerous new adventure.
Bombay, 1857. Jack Lark is living precariously as... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 06:46 • 5 views
Richard Jespers Richard Jespers's blog:
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Published on December 21, 2014 21:32 • 8 views
Alarie Tennille Alarie Tennille's blog:
I'm pleased to be a featured poet on Houseboat. This is my largest collection of poems online. Check out the beautiful art and photography on this site – lots of inspiration to be found.

http://houseboathouse.blogspot.com/20... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 21:26 • 8 views
Katheryn Maddox Haddad Katheryn Maddox Haddad's blog:
The scripture for today, December 22, is 1st Samuel 12:22 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

"For the sake of his great name, the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own."

Amazing love of God. It pleases Him to make us His own. It pleases Him! We t... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 21:21 • 8 views
Yordan Zhelyazkov Yordan Zhelyazkov's blog:
… is impossible. No, really – I don’t know how everyone else does it. And they even insist they get inspired and motivated while travelling. Either I'm missing something or they are not really good tourists. I bet on the latter. After all, staying on the terrace of your hotel room for six hours a... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 21, 2014 21:13 • 15 views
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