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"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" Al Green

Any Major Dude Will Tell You

"Any major dude with half a heart will tell you, my friend,
Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again.
When the demon is at your door
In the morning it won't be there no more.
Any major dude will tell you..."

Another Reason Ray Bradbury Rocks

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Less talk, more writing, because talking too much about a project is the surest way to snuff out your creative fire. I'm sometimes guilty of this, but not today. See you in another chapter!

T.S. Eliot reads "The Hollow Men"

Mashup featuring T.S. Eliot reading with "The Hollow Men for Trumpet and Strings, Op. 25" by Vincent Persichetti.

"All art is erotic." ~ Gustav Klimt

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Happy 150th Birthday, Gustav Klimt!

Gruhak "So Much to Say"

James Brown "Get Up Offa That Thing"

An Author's Declaration of Independence

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A year ago this month, after fifteen years and a dozen books in the corporate publishing world, I founded my own digital press, Stella Link Books, to publish my backlist and forthcoming fiction. In February, live from the London Book Fair, I published First You Write: The Worst Way to Become an Almost Famous Author & the Best Advice I Got While Doing It, a mini-memoir about my journey from small press to Big Six to indie. In celebration of Stella's first birthday, First You Write is free on Kindle Thursday through Saturday, July 5-7.

Meanwhile, here's my personal Declaration of Independence, which originally appeared on Boxing the Octopus last year:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for craftspeople to dissolve the business models which have connected them with the marketplace and to assume the separate and equal station to which the Nature of Art and Nature’s Creator entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should de…

2 Great Contests for Writers

Have you written a great indie-published/self-published e-book and want help getting the word out? If so, check out this First 50 Words contest from the League of Extraordinary Writers. Deadline is July 20th, and it's easy-peasy to enter. Another alternate route many writers are exploring is e-publishing via an electronic arm of an established legacy (traditional) publisher. Avon Impulse is looking for some good holiday-themed romance short stories and novellas. A great opportunity for romance writers to break in. Have a wonderful Fourth!
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LET ME INTRODUCE YOU
Lucinda Dyer and I, both of this merry crew, have had the pleasure of working with Rebecca Yount on the launch this week of her debut mystery, an ebook called A DEATH IN C MINOR: A Mick Chandra Mystery. This is the first title in a seven book series. The other six novels are already written and also will be released as e-books, with the second title in the series, THE ERLKING, to be published this fall.
An aspect of Rebecca’s website that I thought was both fun and inventive is that she introduces her characters, giving them bios of their own. I love that. It’s compelling and different and a wonderful way to draw readers into a new title and series. After all, you won’t keep reading if you don’t care for the characters, so why not give people an introduction right away? Here’s the link: http://www.rebeccayount.com/a-death-in-c-minor-the-characters/
Have you considered what you can do to refresh your own website, or to make it stand out? Is there some way to creat…

Happy Canada Day! (Monty Python "Lumberjack Song")

Real Questions for Real Readers: Name Your Passions

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Once again, I've been reading an article where a reporter's gone out and asked a bunch of folks, including some prominent citizens, to name their "most influential book" ever. There were a few choices I recognized and heartily approved of (Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, David Weber's awesome Honor Harrington series), but once again I'm disappointed by the safe, unimaginative choices of too many respondents. (The Oxford Dictionary, really? Some unnamed biography of George Washington? Yawn.) Where are the books that made us fall in love with the written word? The books that inspired a lifelong passion to immerse ourselves in other worlds? Where are the novels that sparked a hunger (in many of us) to craft stories of our own? And where in heaven's name are the red-headed stepchildren, the genre novels (other than the science fiction classics) that got me so excited about writing? Also, who could ever choose only one book, out of all …