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Economics of Christmas . . .

For Your Information

The economics of Christmas lights – By Seth Godin –

Totaled Ferrari As a Coffee Table – By E-Junkie Info – – What else would you put in your coffee table?

How publishers gave Amazon a stick to beat them with – By Mathew Ingram – Gigaom –

What is Your Novel Missing? Strong Verbs, Unique Words – By The Writers Alley –

The Marvels And Messes Of A Month Of Writing – by Erin Morgenstern – npr –

How to Show (Not Tell): A Writing Lesson from John LeCarre – By Mary Jaksch – Write to Done –

3 Simple Steps for Staring Down Writer’s Block – By Mark McGuinness – copyblogger –


Quote(s) of the Day

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. – Ursula K. Le Guin

“To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.” – Anatole France



Writing Contest

Writing Contest – Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction – By Pen American Center – Deadline Dec. 31. 2011 –

Writing Contest – VCU Cabell First Novelist Award – Deadline January 15, 2012 –


Featured Book

Sci-fi/Fantasy – Republic of Thieves – By Author Scott Lynch – Coming soon for Christmas.

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke’s own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke’s childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke’s life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds Sabetha has just one goal – to destroy Locke for ever. The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.


Special Tribute

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Willpower Review . . .

For Your Information

1. Six Ways to Master Entrepreneurial Uncertainty – By Johnny B. Truant – copyblogger – – Very inspirational blog!

2. Six Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween – By Tafline Laylin – inhabitat – – I like the GEOtube!

3. Become the Hero of Your Writing Life – By Katie Tallo – write to done –

4. Willpower Review – By Trent – the simple dollar –

5. Top 8 Tactics to Power Your Online Book Launch – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

6.  Form and function – By Seth Godin –

7. Beautiful & Philosophical Photo Manipulations – By Sarolta Ban – – – Interesting photos!

8. How to write fiction: MJ Hyland on revising and rewriting – By MJ Hyland – the guardian –

9. Why Writers Write: Rubin Develops ‘Swamplandia!” for HBO – By Ray Gustini – Atlantic Wire –

10. Plot Points from a Pantster – The Writers Alley –

11. Stupid and Lazy – By Seth Godin –

12. Want to Make Money Writing? Build Relationships with Editors – By Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen –

13. Why Researching Articles to Death Is A Waste of Time – By Sean DSouza – write to done –

14. Transportation Designers Uninvent the Wheel – by Timon Singh – – Not far off from Star Wars’s land speeders.

15. Fox Targets Diversity in New Writers Program – By Hollywood Reporter –

Quotes of the Day

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” – Orson Scott Card

“If you have other things in your life — family, friends, good productive day work — these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.” – David Brin



New Book Release

“Legend Unborn” – The Key of Souls – Book 1 – By David G. Welsh – Beautiful cover art!

Creepy Skull . . .

The Latest

1. Alerts: Lobster Press and Dailey Swan Publishing – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

2. Poet Tomas Transtromer Reacts to Winning the Nobel Prize for Literature – By Writers Blog –

3. How to: Recycle Your E-Waste – By Daiane Pham – My Life Scoop –

4. Creepy Skull Sculptures are Made from Grains, Herbs, and Spices – By Lori Zimmer, inhabitat – – Creepy but imaginative and life like!

5. Should You Lend to Friends and Family? – By Maggie Wells – WiseBread –

6. Page Critique: The Importance of Staying With Your Character – By Nathan Bransford –

7. Make the Dangerous Choice to Dissent – by Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review –

8. 20 More Smothered Verbs Set Free – B Mark Nichol – DailyWritingTips – – Good way to reduce word count!

9. Dina Sleiman’s Interview & Book Giveaway – By The Writers Alley –


Quote of the Day

“The measure of artistic merit is the length to which a writer is willing to go in following his own compulsions.” – John Updike



Writing Contest

Writing Contest – James Hearst Poetry Prize – North American Review – Deadline Oct. 31, 2011 –




Featured Book Release