Forget I asked A few years back I went to a book reading for an established writer who was teasing an excerpt from his new book.  This was following the rampant success of his prior work, a literary roman a clef I won’t name for reasons that will become clear below. I remember two things…

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NPR’s Three Minute Fiction contest Earlier this year, on a whim I decided to participate in round three of NPR‘s “Three Minute Fiction” contest.  Alas, since NPR does not send out “You did not win because we think you suck” announcements, I didn’t win, but I don’t know why.  I’m not saying I should have…

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Television as it should be We decided a few weeks back that it was time to introduce the children to The Wire, which is also referred to in our household as The Best Show Ever Made For Television.  (There will be no arguments on this point.  If you have seen it and disagree, we might…

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Don’t try this at home I know a lot about how other people write, mainly because of the advice I’ve gotten about writing over the years.  That’s almost unavoidable, because writers talk to each other quite a bit, or at least more than practitioners do in most professions.  One reason for this is that writing…

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