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Archive for September, 2008

Paul Newman

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 Posted in Fun Clips | No Comments »


He's on my mind today, so I thought I'd pass this along. [youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlSkGUQBtDA]

Opening Sentence: Guess the Book . . . and More!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 Posted in Readings, the writing process | 4 Comments »


First, again, I'm just a little overwhelmed with things these days, so this blog hasn't gotten the attention I'd like to give it. If I can work out some technical issues, I'll be back with a wallop. In the meantime, I'm ...

Whoops

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 Posted in Happenings | 1 Comment »


Sorry I haven't posted this week. I have about a dozen different topics that are ready to go -- ranging from drunk squirrels to adorable daughters -- but I'm trying to get past a technical difficulty before I proceed. In the ...

Writing Process: Six Innings

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 Posted in Greatest Hits, Six Innings, the writing process | 1 Comment »


I've never had a particularly good memory. Most of the details are lost, but essences remain. As a writer, those essential feelings are what feed my books. However, when it comes to baseball, I do have startlingly vivid recollections. Here's one ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #13

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail | No Comments »


Wednesday came round again this morning, slinking like a feral cat, ribs sticking out and hungry as always, but this time I was ready and now the cat's in the bag. Today's piece of mail isn't technically fan mail -- ...

Backstory: A Sense of Smell

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider, the writing process | No Comments »


Like most people, I have a nose. But mine doesn't seem to work very well. Smells don't really register with me on a conscious level. I mean, sure, I get the big unavoidable ones, like fresh brownies in the kitchen ...

Song of the Week, Month, Whatever

Friday, September 12th, 2008 Posted in Music | 1 Comment »


This clip features "Mercy Now" by the brilliant songwriter, Mary Gauthier. Somebody edited together a string of stunning, startling photos of the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and, well, I think the overall effect is pretty powerful. And did I mention ...

Book Signing: September 27

Friday, September 12th, 2008 Posted in Happenings | 1 Comment »


Book signings can be uniquely depressing events, the classic party where nobody comes. You go to a store, someone hands you a Sharpie, you sit at a desk behind a short stack of books . . . and nobody shows. ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #12: The Thursday Edition!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | 2 Comments »


Here's a good one: Lieber Herr Preller, Ich würde gerne wissen wieviele Bücher Sie von Puzzle Paul geschrieben haben.Ich mache nämlich einen Vortrag über Ihnen und ihre Bücher. Dear mister Preller, I would like to know, how many books you have write about puzzle ...

More Backstory: Writing Spider

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider, the writing process | 1 Comment »


Teachers often ask about "the writing process." That's an uncomfortable thing for me, since it seems fertile ground for pretentiousness. But to answer the question honestly, "my" writing process is the only one I can speak about with any author/ity. ...