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That Moment When…

Posted by on August 14, 2017 in The Dead Shall Live, The Work In Progress | 0 comments

That Moment When…

That moment when the problem… The problem that has been eating you alive from the inside out for months… The problem that the final conflict in your book, this passionate project you are pouring your heart and soul into? Isn’t              quite                        working.   That problem that, yes the book is written and the revisions are almost done, but that final conflict? That final clash between good and evil? Works on paper. Works with logic. Works within the world, within the story, within my wretched, Dark,...

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Court of Fives by Kate Elliott is only $2.99 Today!

Posted by on August 3, 2017 in What Pooks is Reading | 5 comments

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott is only $2.99 Today!

I have no idea how long this special price will last, but Elliott’s publisher prices her ebooks high, so $2.99 is a bargain. And oh is it worth it. I said long ago I was going to talk about this series and I never have. This sale price gives me the perfect opportunity. This seems to be her answer to Hunger Games. Not that there needed to be an answer to Hunger Games. But let’s put it this way. Jessamy is a kickass character whose skill at the Court of Fives, a dangerous game that entertains the masses, is central to the plot....

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You May Win $100 or a Kindle [even if you don’t] Vote for My Team!

Posted by on July 28, 2017 in This Crumbling Pageant | 4 comments

You May Win $100 or a Kindle [even if you don’t] Vote for My Team!

Sorry. This promotion and contest has ended.   Ahoy, mateys, lasses and lads, scallawags and scurvy dogs, mermaids and tavern wenches! Woohoo! It’s Cowboys vs Pirates and if you think you know which team I’m on? Just because I am a 5th generation Texan? Because I love my Dallas Cowboys? You’re wrong! VOTE #TEAMPIRATE! Ha! Gotcha! Join the bloghop and meet a lot of new authors, see new [to you] books, and good luck winning $100 or a new Kindle! So shake your booty and go win some booty, me hearty! Thar be...

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Really, Pooks? Really?

Posted by on July 24, 2017 in The Dead Shall Live, The Work In Progress, What Pooks Is Writing | 1 comment

Really, Pooks?  Really?

Really, Pooks? Really? Okay, first I was supposed to have a special advertising thing going on  which got cancelled for the second time because when the ad folks checked this morning, the book was not .99 on Amazon. WTHeckarooni? The first time it happened, I took the bullet. I decided that even though I had marked it down in my planner as ‘done’ I had somehow missed Amazon when I dropped the price everywhere. So I immediately dropped it and decided to leave the price at .99 everywhere until after the promotion finally ran today,...

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Chicago Library Seeks Hermione Granger

Posted by on July 12, 2017 in The Dead Shall Live, This Crumbling Pageant, What Pooks Is Writing, World of The Fury Triad | 1 comment

Chicago Library Seeks Hermione Granger

This would be Hermione Granger’s bliss. Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts Three texts dealing with charms, spirits, and all other manners of magical practice are now accessible online “You don’t need a Ph.D to transcribe,” Christopher Fletcher, coordinator of the project and a fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, tells Smithsonian.com. “[The initiative] is a great way to allow the general public to engage with these materials in a way that they probably wouldn’t have otherwise.” The three...

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I’m invited to speak on my favorite subject: Writing With Passion*!

Posted by on July 8, 2017 in Pooks Appearances, What Pooks Is Writing, Writing With Passion | Comments Off on I’m invited to speak on my favorite subject: Writing With Passion*!

I’m invited to speak on my favorite subject: Writing With Passion*!

My apologies to subscribers who received notification of two password-protected blog entries earlier today. They will be part of my presentation in Tyler, TX next Saturday. Maybe I’ll open them up later if anybody is interested!   East Texas Writers Guild 14th Annual Summer Conference KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL WRITING Mystery, First Draft, Emotion, Drama, Humor Saturday, July 15  *  9:00 am – 4:00 pm Tyler Junior College – West Campus – 1530 S SW Loop 323, Tyler, Texas 75701 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 8:30 – 9:00 Registration 9:00 – 10:30 ...

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Protected: Five Hamlets Expanded

Posted by on July 8, 2017 in Pooks Appearances, The Work In Progress, What Pooks is Reading, What Pooks Is Writing, Writing With Passion | Comments Off on Protected: Five Hamlets Expanded

Protected: Five Hamlets Expanded

“To be or not to be” From The Groundling’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Hilary J Kovar, Ph.D The status of Hamlet’s most famous speech is tricky.   If Hamlet knows (or even suspects) that Claudius and Polonius (or their agents) are spying on him, this is a monologue that pretends to be a soliloquy, and its representation of Hamlet’s “inner thoughts” is a matter of performance over revelation—seeming over being.   If Hamlet doesn’t know (or suspect) that spies are present, this is apparently a soliloquy that is...

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Protected: Five Hamlets

Posted by on July 8, 2017 in Pooks Appearances, What Pooks is Reading, Writing With Passion | Comments Off on Protected: Five Hamlets

Protected: Five Hamlets

“To be or not to be” From The Groundling’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Hilary J Kovar, Ph.D The status of Hamlet’s most famous speech is tricky.   If Hamlet knows (or even suspects) that Claudius and Polonius (or their agents) are spying on him, this is a monologue that pretends to be a soliloquy, and its representation of Hamlet’s “inner thoughts” is a matter of performance over revelation—seeming over being.   If Hamlet doesn’t know (or suspect) that spies are present, this is apparently a soliloquy that is...

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Stobhach Gaelach and Soda Farls

Posted by on July 7, 2017 in The Dead Shall Live, What Pooks Is Writing, World of The Fury Triad | 1 comment

Stobhach Gaelach and Soda Farls

  It’s a rare writer who doesn’t get seduced down many a research black hole in an effort to bring the very best story to her readers. And by black hole I mean information so fascinating, alarming, and/or delicious she just might keep clicking and reading and reading and clicking a teensy bit longer than the need for information might justify. And when food is involved? Yeah, count me guilty! Right now I’m doing final revisions on The Dead Shall Live which involves filling in all sorts of blanks. Oddly, it is taking me...

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Snapshot: My Life as an Act of Revision

Posted by on July 5, 2017 in The Dead Shall Live, The Work In Progress, What Pooks Is Writing | 2 comments

Snapshot: My Life as an Act of Revision

“Half my life is an act of revision.”*     *John Irving...

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