Good Night, Irene

Hope everybody who’s in Irene’s path is staying safe. It’s rare for a hurricane to smack New England around, though it does happen. I remember Gloria in 1985, which took out a huge weeping willow next door. Fortunately it fell away from their house and into a section of our yard that was open. And I’ve seen pictures of the 1938 hurricane that damaged several buildings in my hometown. Down here, Camille is the one people talk about when they think of bad hurricanes. Some of the Nelson County residents who died in Camille just disappeared — their bodies never …

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Reality drives my storytelling deeper

Back after Rep. Giffords was shot in January, I did some blogging about storytelling from that, riffing off some Twitter discussion among Jesse Stern and NCIS fans. In short, there’s the possibility of preaching when writing about big issues, but there also are ways to tell stories that let those issues drive authentic storytelling. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” probably my favorite book ever, is one of the latter. Most of the former turn me off before I get far enough in to even tell you what it’s about. The discussion with Jesse was the third in a series of posts …

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E-books vs. print books: Paper lasts longer

Amid all the discussion about the future of publishing, there’s the perennial debate about if print books will ever disappear. I don’t think they will — TV didn’t eliminate radio, and neither one has eliminated newspapers. Online hasn’t done away with print editions of the paper either. In all cases, the new medium reduced the availability of the old one, but didn’t remove it. This was driven home to me last week when I was at my favorite used bookstore in my hometown. Back in the winter, I bought my first e-book because I didn’t want to wait to read …

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Indie publishing in every corner

I’ve been quiet lately, mostly because I’ve been traveling the past 10 days. But I wanted to take a minute and thank everybody who downloaded the Thrown Out excerpt and took the time to leave comments. I really appreciate the feedback on the story and the characters! Spent lots of time this weekend talking about indie publishing with people at my hometown Italian festival, and I’ll have some thoughts related to that once things settle down a bit. I’m surprised at how far the concept seems to have spread, and how many people are now reading e-books who I never …

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Sneak peek: Thrown Out: Stories From Exeter

It’s official: Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter will be released Sept. 6! Until then, I’ve got a free PDF excerpt of the first (and by far the shortest) story in the collection, Bones of the Past, available for download. Please feel free to download and share. If you like what you read and want to be notified when the full collection is available – and get a coupon code for a discount – please e-mail me to get on the mailing list. ETA: Thrown Out is now available! Amazon – Kindle Smashwords – all ebook formats Amazon – print (coming …

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Book update: Release set for later this month

The past couple weeks have been an insanity of rewriting as Kyrie and I shepherd the stories that make up Thrown Out through revisions before publication. The biggest story of the collection, Thrown Out, has more than doubled in size. Another story was removed, replaced by a different Story Cubes Challenge-inspired entry. And to round out the package, I’m adding a fourth story. The new fourth story has pushed the release date back from this Friday to what will likely be Aug. 19. There’s a slight chance, thanks to my vacation from both the paper and the gym that starts …

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