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Cal Newport Cal Newport's blog:

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Asimov’s Lost Essay


In the late 1950’s, Arthur Obermayer worked for Allied Research Associates, a cold war-era science lab. During this period, his employer received a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency to “elicit the most creative approaches possible for a ballistic missile defen...

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Published on March 26, 2015 18:01 • 4 views
J.A. Jance J.A. Jance's blog:

Do the words “Rode hard and put up wet” ring any bells? That’s Bill and I as we drive north on I-5 through northern California.

Earlier today, after leaving Napa, we spent 45 minutes traveling five miles in a backup on I-80 where a collision with a half-mile long debris field had four lanes of tr...

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Published on March 27, 2015 06:00 • 4 views
Iain Rob Wright Iain Rob Wright's blog:
When it comes to fiction, there are no hard and fast rules, only choices. However, informed choices are better than ignorant ones. Below are a few tips and observations that I personally find useful. Perhaps you will too.

1.The first draft is shit. - Ernest Hemmingway
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Published on March 27, 2015 07:18 • 2 views
Fran Wilde Fran Wilde's blog:

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It’s tough to interview a friend for a podcast, but I did just that for you with Jodi Meadows, renowned cookie aficionado and author of the stupendously successful YA Incarnate Series, as well as th...

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Published on March 26, 2015 09:03 • 1 view
Frank Viola Frank Viola's blog:

Two new episodes have been added to the “Christ is All” podcast.


Diary of a Prostitute Who Loved Much


Christ Before Time


You can also subscribeto the podcast in the following ways:



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Published on March 26, 2015 05:27 • 1 view
A.L. Sowards A.L. Sowards's blog:
This Saturday, March 28th, I’ll be signing books at the Seagull Bookstore in South Jordan. If you’ll be in the area, I’d love to have you stop by and say hi. The signing will be part of Seagull’s Celebrating Sisterhood event. That doesn’t mean men can’t come–they are totally welcome. What it does... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 08:03 • 5 views
Daniel O'Malley Daniel O'Malley's blog:

My favorite writer passed away earlier this month.


I am talking, of course, about Sir Terry Pratchett. If, as seems scarcely possible, you are not already acquainted with his works, then I regard you with simultaneous horror (because everyone should have read his books, they are the essential elem...

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Published on March 27, 2015 01:47 • 2 views
Emily Murdoch Emily Murdoch's blog:

I’ve been receiving fan letters lately not only thanking me for writing IF YOU FIND ME, but for highlighting America’s wild horses and burros — people who had no idea the issue of wild equine capture and slaughter existed.

Those signing the petitions I share on Facebook alongside me, *thank you*....

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Published on March 25, 2015 15:14 • 4 views
Andie Nash Andie Nash's blog:
YOU MAD, BRO?

Wow, they really know how to milk it, don't they? First they halve season 7--the usual 14 episodes--just to stretch the last season over two years. And then these trailers. Using "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross is a stroke of genius. Was that Don's idea?



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Published on March 25, 2015 11:33 • 4 views
Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett's blog:
Of gods and men


WHEN he was knighted in 2009, Terry Pratchett made a sword. It was the natural accoutrement for a man who, without one, resembled an amiable wizard kitted out by a Houston department store.


With a little help from friends, he dug 80 kilos of iron ore from a convenient field and buil...

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Published on March 26, 2015 04:56 • 40 views
Linda Poitevin Linda Poitevin's blog:

by If you didn’t catch the news yesterday, I’m back to work on Sins of the Warrior, the fourth and final chapter in the Grigori Legacy series. I’d setaside the story at the end of August, feeling the need to take a break from my characters and get refocused.Now, after writing and releasing aconte...

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Published on March 25, 2015 00:51 • 1 view
Benedict Jacka Benedict Jacka's blog:

The first draft of Alex Verus #7 has just nudged up over87,000 words. Normally this would mean the book’s only a few thousand wordsor so from completion . . . except that I’ve got the feeling that this one’s going to be a little longer than usual.


On the plus side, that means you guys get a longer...

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Published on March 27, 2015 02:00 • 7 views
Kenneth G. Ortiz Kenneth G. Ortiz's blog:
Walking Through the Parallel of an Individual Cell Hatred by Kenneth G. Ortiz

In the outer realm
Where my mind’s eye
Aligns with the cancer moon
I gaze into the twilight
Of the dawn of my own age
I look within my disparity with question
Through the eyes of a vulture
I seek for meaning
I hope the answers to my questions
Are the answers that I seek


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Published on March 27, 2015 08:27 • 4 views
Ruth Nestvold Ruth Nestvold's blog:

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get to this today. I’m flying to Spain tomorrow for the next Villa Diodati workshop. But I’m almost done packing now, so my head is free for a blog post after all.

I’ll start with the final update for this Round of Words. If you’re here only for WIPpet...

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Published on March 25, 2015 12:01 • 1 view
Maggie Toussaint Maggie Toussaint's blog:
Marketing means different things to different people. With my product, books, the challenge is to get the information to the people that will appreciate it and act on it. I've made a list of some marketing techniques used by myself and other authors. Please feel free to add other methods in your... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 25, 2015 09:42 • 6 views
Mindy McGinnis Mindy McGinnis's blog:
My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 27, 2015 05:51 • 1 view
Prudence MacLeod Prudence MacLeod's blog:
Hi Folks,

Yep, writer's block sucks and sooner or later, we all have to face it. For me it isn't a block, it's a whole wall and it happened last week. Three novels in progress and nothing. All the voices in my head had gone silent. Nothing. I had gone dry.

Now, it wasn't the first time and it won't... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 03:29 • 5 views
Demitria Lunetta Demitria Lunetta's blog:
I can finally announce my big news! Everyone is always asking, "What's next!?" Well, here it is:

Author of the debutIN THE AFTER, Demitria Lunetta's BAD BLOOD, about a 16-year-old girl haunted by dreams and compelled to cut herself until she discovers a family secret and a past full of magic that... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 12:22 • 5 views
Joel Friedlander Joel Friedlander's blog:

Post image for How to Use Lyrics Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer

By Helen Sedwick

Whenever I speak at a conference, I ask who uses lyrics in their writing. Without fail, hands go up, including my own.

Lyrics are a quick way to communicate setting or reveal character. A Sinatra ballad evokes wartime romance while Grateful Dead ramblings transport readers to a...

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Published on March 27, 2015 00:05 • 4 views
John  Davis John Davis's blog:

Fresh off of the heels of Gunship finally landing a #1 listing(albeit shortly), I’ve decided to give fans a peek behind the curtain. There are a lot of very cool things about the Gunship franchise that can’t be found on the official Amazon page.


Dalton Jamesalmost didn’t exist. In fact, he wasn’t...

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Published on March 27, 2015 07:55 • 6 views
Kate Meader Kate Meader's blog:
Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago, #1) by Kate MeaderFLIRTING WITH FIRE, the first installment in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests, is finally available in digital and print!

What people are saying about FLIRTING WITH FIRE:

“Sexy and sassy . . . I l... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 27, 2015 08:10 • 5 views
Kristan Higgins Kristan Higgins's blog:
Last night, McIrish dropped me off at a restaurant and then went to park. I was seated next to a guy eating alone. "Hi," said I, eager to make a new best friend. "How's it going?"
Him: "Oh...uh... I'm not looking for someone."
Me: "Neither am I. How's your dinner?"
Him: "Good." Turns to his phone... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 27, 2015 07:47 • 20 views
J.S. Bailey J.S. Bailey's blog:
Last year I chose to partner with Blue Harvest Creative to help me publish Solitude, Servant, and novels yet to come, and now Blue Harvest Creative is excited to announce the next generation of independence has arrived!


Welcome to the BHC Authors website—a place dedicated to bringing readers and... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 09:12 • 4 views
Teresa Gabelman Teresa Gabelman's blog:

Well hello there!!! Sorry it’s been a while, but I didn’t take my usual break between books. I’ve been writing like a wild woman….yes, I said wild woman! I stepped out of my comfort zone with the Warrior’s and did a 30,000 word shifter book for a box set I’m in with some awesome authors.


I promise...

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Published on March 26, 2015 07:00 • 5 views
Neal Asher Neal Asher's blog:
It’s grey windy and wet right now at 10.20AM so perhaps I won’t bother going for a walk today. I have been walking 7 miles day on most days for months now and that, plus weight-training over the last few weeks, is starting to give me periods when I’m completely knackered. The body needs to catch... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 03:37 • 1 view
Joanne Hall Joanne Hall's blog:

Recently it has come to light that a couple of American prudes people have created an app which they’ve called Clean Reader, using the catchy slogan “Read Books, Not Profanity.” (No, I’m not going to link to it – have a quick Google. These numpties don’t deserve the hits).


The app works – I’m vagu...

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Published on March 27, 2015 03:42 • 1 view
Tracy St. John Tracy St. John's blog:




Cissy Salter is more than ready to shed Earth’s repression when she moves to the planet Kalquor. She leaps headlong into drinking, partying, and liaisons with young alien men. She would be having the time of her life if not for the disapproval of a certain rich, gorgeous Dramok she can’t avoid.... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 27, 2015 03:00 • 2 views
Andrew Hickey Andrew Hickey's blog:

One thing I do occasionally, but rarely write about, is attend package shows of old 60s pop stars. These shows have a bad reputation, and not without reason, but at the same time they do provide a service. Very occasionally you’ll get someone on there who could hold down a full show by themselves...

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Published on March 26, 2015 17:28 • 4 views
Jenny  Lawson Jenny Lawson's blog:

One of my friends went to a hypnotist to stop smoking and it made me think that I need to find a hypnotist to hypnotize me into thinking that I’m doing a good job in life.


But then I started worrying that maybe I’d alreadyused a hypnotist to make me think that I was doing okay butthat the hypnotis...

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Published on March 26, 2015 07:26 • 5 views
Aaron Armstrong Aaron Armstrong's blog:

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There are certain words you should just never say.

My three-year-old son, for example, has yet to figure out that he should never say, “You get in the kitchen and get me some milk,” to his mother. Though he will. (I hope.)

Yes, my son is currently a misogynist. But like I said, we’re working on it...

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Published on March 27, 2015 03:00 • 4 views
Susan Barnett Braun Susan Barnett Braun's blog:

Post may contain affiliate links. So what are the Little People doing today? Watching — and listening to — the TV-Radio. You might spy a cat and a mouse on the screen, and sure enough, what’s playing is “The Farmer in the Dell.” Here’s the back. This piece is definitely well-loved; observe the ha...

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Published on March 27, 2015 03:21 • 4 views
Michael Haulică Michael Haulică's blog:
Iat evenimentele la care voi participa la Trgul de carte SF&F FINAL FRONTIER. Trgul va avea loc n weekendul 28-29 martie, la Nexus Club, Blvd. Elisabeta Nr. 37. Program 10.00 – 19.00. SMBT 28 martie 13.00-14.00 Sefeul romnesc n 2014, realizri i nerealizri. I (cri, reviste) Invitai: Ctlin Bade... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 11:48 • 8 views
Annika Dick Annika Dick's blog:
Picture Der Ritter und die Bastardtochter ist bei Amazon aktuell im Kindle Deal der Woche für 2,49 zu haben.

Natürlich könnt ihr das Buch auch direkt auf der Verlagsseite oder im CORA-Shop für derzeit 2,49 erstehen. Die Aktion endet am 2. April 2015.

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Published on March 27, 2015 02:26 • 4 views
Michael Popek Michael Popek's blog:


I'm giving away these fifteen classics this week:


Scott - Quentin DurwardTwain - Roughing ItThe Ingoldsby LegendsGoldsmith - Vicar of Wakefield / Paul and VirginiaWorks of ShakespeareMaugham - The Mixture as BeforeBurnham - The Making of Our CountryHemingway - A Farewell to ArmsTennyson's Poetica... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 27, 2015 07:05 • 4 views
Catherine Fisher Catherine Fisher's blog:
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Published on March 26, 2015 17:00 • 2 views
Debbie Bennett Debbie Bennett's blog:
Clean Reader. Sounds like something you could wipe the screen of your kindle with, doesn't it? Some kind of wet rag to get of the dirt, the greasy fingermarks - the general grubbiness?

Well that's exactly what it is. Except it goes a level deeper and wipes out the actual words. Yes - that's right.... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 03:45 • 5 views
Sheila Deeth Sheila Deeth's blog:
Today I get to welcome Jessica Landmon to my blog. She's the author of All Mascara is Not Created Equal, and the founder of Women Get Real. It's not the sort of book I'd usually pick up, but I learned the author had written it originally to help her daughter cope with today's social media absorb... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 27, 2015 01:36 • 3 views
Nora Roberts Nora Roberts's blog:

Remember Nora’s posts abouther whole house purge and the brand new closet? Not only did it make Nora very happy, it brought to life an idea tobenefit others.

Nora generously shphoto (57)ares recaps of her trips to the Kentucky Derby — one of her favorite annual events. (Click the links to refresh your memo...

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Published on March 26, 2015 09:26 • 5 views
Carolyn Weber Carolyn Weber's blog:

Seven poplars in a perfect row line the entrance to the walk along the margin of the neglected bean field behind the campus not far from my house. This is where the deer come in small groups at dusk. Someone must have planted these trees with such earnest precision at least a century ago.

Sparrow sings

In th...

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Published on March 26, 2015 21:05 • 5 views
Ranae Rose Ranae Rose's blog:
New! Limited Edition T-ShirtInspired by the Inked in the Steel City SeriesReserve your ‘Only ink lasts forever’ sugar skull pup tattoo T from Teespring for only $16 before April 16th.Special edition T not available in the merchandise store. Reserveby April 16th. Choose your color and style in si... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2015 11:24 • 6 views
Carma Spence Carma Spence's blog:

The other day I found this article titled “10 Behaviors of Genuine People.” When I scanned it, I knew I needed to read it more deeply, then share here my thoughts on what it had to say. My brand is all about being authentic, about unveiling your true self and sharing it, through your work, […]

Th...

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