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Jack Beltane grew up in a suburban hell north of Cincinnati. After college he moved to a suburban hell near Cleveland to be with his wife. Jack believes in dreams, ghosts, and the therapeutic power of a good rock show. Jack scrapes by on what an English major can buy these days. Jack likes dogs best. Visit Jack at jackofbells.com.

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Jack Beltane I don't. I only write when I'm inspired and I don't worry about the downtime. I think writer's block happens when you're forcing yourself to write but…moreI don't. I only write when I'm inspired and I don't worry about the downtime. I think writer's block happens when you're forcing yourself to write but aren't really into it (that's why I have so many abandoned stories -- I just stop when I get bored with the story, as I imagine a reader would). There are times when I get stuck -- when I'm still interested in the story I'm writing but can't think of the next scene -- and I just let it fester in my head without forcing myself to write. Eventually the next scene comes to me and the ball starts rolling again. But I wouldn't consider that blocked: I'm constantly thinking about my stories even if I'm not actively writing them.(less)
Jack Beltane I absolutely don't think a degree makes you a writer, although I think a lot of people believe it does. My degree is actually in poetry, but it…moreI absolutely don't think a degree makes you a writer, although I think a lot of people believe it does. My degree is actually in poetry, but it certainly doesn't make me a poet! A writer is someone who writes--who always finds time to write--not someone with a degree. (less)
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Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters in the truly creepy noir “The Night of the Hunter” (1955)

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This book was okay. I'm a huge fan of "Mr Robot" and was hoping for a lot more insight into season 2, but there really isn't any. It was fun to read, but I did start to get bored about three-quarters of the way through.

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