Once More, Unto the Breach

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Things have been moving right along over the course of the last week. First off, Bantam sent me a couple of advance reading copies of PRODIGAL–a nice treat in and of itself. No matter how much time you spend writing and editing a book, there’s just something special about seeing an actual bound edition for the first time. I also (finally) finished off a detailed outline for my next proposed book and dashed it off to my ...

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Oooh La La

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It’s a given that aspiring authors have, at one time or the other, imagined the Big Interview they might have with Barbara Walters or Oprah after they become rich and famous. It always reminds me of that scene from The Commitments when Jimmy Rabbitte, in the bathtub, keeps tossing questions at himself a-la some Rolling Stone reporter, asking about how the band got its start and all the dirty details along the way.

Admittedly, I’ve done it a few times ...

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Let’s Roll

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Blog roll, that is. I’ve added a few outside links to the site–most of them author hangouts, with a few buddy sites thrown in for good measure. They’re guaranteed fun for everyone, so check ’em out if you get the chance.

The list is pretty basic now, but I’m sure it’ll grow over time. If anybody has any cool sites to add, I’m like totally game, dude! Drop me a line or leave a comment, and we’ll ...

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Under the Influence

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It’s a given that lots of things seem like a good idea after you’ve had a few. That’s why most of your better tattoo parlors won’t ink you up when you’re three sheets to the wind, and how folks end up at Denny’s munching pancackes at three in the morning. There is another hidden danger, though, and you don’t even need your car keys land yourself in trouble.

That’s right. I’m talking about iTunes.

I found out the hard ...

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I Know, It’s Only the Disney Channel…

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…but I like it.

All right, maybe like is too strong a word.  Call it a strange fascination.  Brain candy, if you will.  A way to put the mind on cruise control for a while.  Over the last few days it has become something of a habit–just me and my daughter Lexie, curled up on the couch, watching a roster of bizarre yet mesmerizing shows:  That’s So Raven.  Phil of the Future.  Hannah Montana.  And, of course, the incomparable Suite Life ...

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Writers Behaving Badly

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Since I come from a journalism background, I spent a lot of years getting pounded with warnings about plagiarism. It was, at least at the time, considered the cardinal sin of writing, one which would brand a scarlet “P” on your shirt and get your fanny tossed out of college without so much as a backward glance.

Flash forward a few years, and my how things have changed. The latest rage comes over the story of Kaavya Viswanathan, that ...

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