Advice for the Young at Art

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It only took a year or so, but I’ve finally got a new essay posted on the Write Turns page! If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to finish a novel–or why someone would ever want to tackle such an Quixotic undertaking in the first place–feel free to kick the tires, start the engine and take the article for a spin. Just make sure you have it back before curfew, eh?

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eBay that iPod?

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One of the things that fascinates me as a writer is the difference between perception and reality–or, as things seem to be going these days, the increasingly fuzzy line between the two.  Take, for instance, the recent furor over a Forrester Research report that extrapolated some profit projections for Apple’s iTunes download service.  Well, apparently some media outlets decided to cherry pick a few of the findings and then rushed out breathless headlines that stated, “iTunes sales plummet ...

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Wacky Wiki

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Back in late 1970s Hollywood, it was said that you had “arrived” as an actor if you were offered a guest spot on The Love Boat. I’m not exactly how accurate that line of thinking was (Charo, where are you now?), but it seems to me that the modern-day equivalent–at least for geeks like me–is getting your own mention on Wikipedia.

Well, I must be slowly seeping into the pop-culture zeitgeist, because I actually found myself listed there. ...

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Brew Christmas 2006

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Here in the States, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. That means a lot of turkey hangovers out there–not to mention the inevitable leftovers from the holiday feast. Fortunately, in my house, that includes a number of fine beers that somehow didn’t get consumed during the free-for-all around the dinner table! Of course, me shuffling them to the back of the fridge might have had something to do with it… 😀

In addition to all the familiy traditions and revelry, one ...

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Hammerjack 2.0

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Actually, that might have been a good name for the sequel…

Howdy, everyone! Back on the air after a brief absence–but as you can see, a few things have changed out in web territory. I got a little weary of the old site design, as digital enthusiasts do, and when inspiration struck I just had to go with it. The result is Hammerjack reimagined, with a few new bells and whistles added for good measure.

I also took a ...

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In Memoriam

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Last week, I received word from my agent Kimberley Cameron that her business partner and friend of many years, Dorris Halsey, had suddenly passed away. Dorris had been something of a legend in literary circles and in the Hollywood community for some time–an agent who had represented the likes of Aldous Huxley, Henry Miller and Upton Sinclair, and was famous in her own right for her style and panache.

Since my main contact has been with Kimberley, I didn’t ...

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