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    Trailer Park Boys. Brilliant, captivating, and...

    Trailer Park Boys.

    Brilliant, captivating, and funny. It's occupied a decent portion of my summer-free time.
  2. Thread: Book backlog

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    In two weeks my best friend is moving to Michigan...

    In two weeks my best friend is moving to Michigan for school. A few days ago I drove over to her condo to help her pack and get rid of the things she doesn't need or can't take with her across the...
  3. No. Grisham & co. sure, they have style in...

    No. Grisham & co. sure, they have style in spades. You could probably recognize their writing in a book with a blank cover. But their prose is nothing memorable. And that's okay. Nothing against...
  4. I always thought the paperback bestsellers club...

    I always thought the paperback bestsellers club of writers like Grisham, Crichton, Evanovich, etc. are awful stylists, but outstanding storytellers. Some writers are great because their prose kicks...
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    "My opinion is: I hate it." "I mean, you...

    "My opinion is: I hate it."

    "I mean, you haven't even read it."

    "If it's bad, then I'll hate it because it's bad writing. If it's good, I'll be envious and hate it all the more. You don't want...
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    Poll: I'm almost bothered by the present-tense. But I'm...

    I'm almost bothered by the present-tense. But I'm compelled to read the series, even if it takes me a few years to get around to reading
  7. The structure, prose, and message I thought were...

    The structure, prose, and message I thought were flawless. No book affected me more than Blood Meridian. Inspired me to be a writer.
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    So true. When I don't have much time to read,...

    So true. When I don't have much time to read, hate Pynchon. When I have time to read, love Pynchon.

    He's brilliant but it's not fun when I have limited time to read every character and every...
  9. I believe sending a manuscript to a publisher...

    I believe sending a manuscript to a publisher with a letter summarizing the piece and why it should be published. Sometimes there is a reading fee. I haven't sent out any writings yet so I'm not...
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    Another strong week of writing. Kept up the...

    Another strong week of writing. Kept up the crazy-train of production, although I'm finding the hardest part is finding balance.

    Continually I write something new, usually short stories. But I...
  11. Thread: Want vs Need

    by Mariner
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    Quick flashes of images, like you're holding up...

    Quick flashes of images, like you're holding up pictures of Johnny in different situations and thing rapidly switching to the next. Nice, realistic situation, but to fast for me.

    Here's some quick...
  12. (D) a query letter.

    (D) a query letter.
  13. "Bakers have homes, while shepherds sleep out in...

    "Bakers have homes, while shepherds sleep out in the open."

    -The Alchemist
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    "Vera’s car was there, no others, and Burt gave...

    "Vera’s car was there, no others, and Burt gave thanks for that."

    A Serious Talk, by Raymond Carver.

    Re-read last night. He's among the best at it.


    We talk a lot about first sentences on...
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    Halloween -- Misfits Jesus -- Brand New Dead...

    Halloween -- Misfits
    Jesus -- Brand New
    Dead Men Tell No Tales -- Set Your Goals
    Mood Rings -- Relient K
    I Can't Win -- The Strokes
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    Call the foul, ref!

    Call the foul, ref!
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    Raymond Carver is the best short story writer....

    Raymond Carver is the best short story writer. Read any of his collections and you will see powerful, emotional stories at their minimal best. He's accesible and simple but there's plenty of depth to...
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    That movie destroyed my happiness. That ending...

    That movie destroyed my happiness. That ending was brutal!

    Last movie I saw?......to busy reading to remember.
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    I love Hemingway, but I couldn't image listening...

    I love Hemingway, but I couldn't image listening to his writings. I don't think every style is meant to be read aloud.

    Fitzgerald's, however, sounds amazing aloud. I'm using a free app on my...
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    If you're lost of inspiration start getting out...

    If you're lost of inspiration start getting out of the house and finding it. Many times I write about the adventures I have with my friends with a twist. I ask myself, "If we would have stayed at...
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    Practice. When you're not doing that, "A...

    Practice.


    When you're not doing that, "A Writer's Coach" by Jack Hart will tell you everything.
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    Since you seem like someone who's dabbling in the...

    Since you seem like someone who's dabbling in the field I guess I'll offer something.

    You've got a amazing grasp of imagery. You're scenes are vivid and believable. You've got command of your...
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    Doc got back to the beach just at early evening,...

    Doc got back to the beach just at early evening, coming up the back slope of the dunes and over, to a hazy view of bay and headlands, a pure sunset of the colors steel takes on as it heats to...
  24. Actually, when Fitzgerald met Hemingway,...

    Actually, when Fitzgerald met Hemingway, Fitzgerald was the established, better-known author. Hemingway recognized Fitzgerald in a French bar and introduced himself as a fan and a writer and...
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    Writing a boring article on the collective...

    Writing a boring article on the collective bargaining between my college and the faculty union. Did I mention boring?
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