Monthly Archives: May 2011

Dogsbodies and Scumsters by Alan McCormick

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A short while ago I was asked by Roast Books to review their new publication, Dogsbodies and Scumsters by Alan McCormick. I tend not to do “normal” book reviews, but if I like a book I do like to have …

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Noel Duffy: In The Library of Lost Objects

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I’m thrilled to be able to chat today with Noel Duffy, novelist, poet and screenwriter. I had the pleasure of  meeting him recently when I was in Dublin over Easter. It’s always a bit scary to meet a fellow writer, …

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Are We Dead Yet?

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If you’re reading this, then I guess the answer is, thankfully, no.I was all set to write a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek blog about this weekend’s “rapture” hoo ha. Yes, it’s the end of the world – again. And I was having …

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Novel Writing Tips: Plot Plotting

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I’m committed to sharing the process of writing Novel 3 with you all. I already wrote about diving into the first draft and some tips I have remembered here. But now I find that I have entered a new mini …

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Novel Spaces

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Today, I am a guest over at the terrific literature blog called Novel Spaces over here, talking about the experience of bringing A Clash of Innocents back to it’s beginnings. Novel Spaces is an eclectic group of authors bound by …

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Life Changes

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Given all the craziness with blogger this week, I think I’ll just post this again. See you again in a few…. I have been a bit preoccupied over the past two weeks. I know I’ve talked about my trip to …

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Which is That? Grammar Rules!

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My innate nerdiness is most evident in my love of grammar. Does anyone out there remember parsing, those intricate diagrams of sentence constructions that use to be at the core of grammar lessons? Probably not, but I remember learning how …

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Joyce Carol Oates Gives Some Advice

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Every now again, especially when I’m in the midst of a big writing project like I am now, I like to trawl through the achives of YouTube for nuggets of wisdom from big-time writers. Joyce Carol Oates is definitely one …

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Whence Inspiration?

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         This is a question that every writer gets asked, I think. It always surprises me how difficult some people find inspiration to be. Where does it come from? Well for me, I have to say it comes from everywhere, …

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