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Do We Need A Little Adversity?

I’ve been reading a book called 100 Days of Solitude by Daphne Kapsali. Yesterday, at the end of the chapter for Day 42 (this coincidence will not be lost on Hitchhiker’s Guide fans), I read this (emphasis mine): I like a clandestine seat in the first class lounge and a suitcase that’s impossible to carry. I…

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What Does Your Desk Say About You?

A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon this post by Louise Marley. It led to this fun exchange. It is an odd collection of nonsense, isn’t it? And as a matter of fact, everything there has a story! Let’s start with this random hodgepodge of junk. See, to my kids, my desk is “that…

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The Songs of Drake and the Fliers

Welcome to the latest Bonus Material post for Drake and the Fliers. This one’s gonna get a little musical. Some writers use music for inspiration. I know of a couple who got whole story ideas from a song (I had one for a short story). This isn’t quite like that. As I write, I hear songs…

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Book Release News: Project Liberatio

The beta feedback is in, advanced reviews are arriving, and Project Liberatio is ready to roll on August 3rd! And because new book releases are over-the-top exciting, there are some way cool things happening! From now until release day, you can pre-order Project Liberatio for $0.99 (Click HERE to order). On the 3rd, it’ll come rushing to…

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What Role Does Empathy Play In Writing?

I saw this pic on Twitter, shared by @TheUnNovelist. This could be the best part about writing – you get to walk around in someone else’s skin for a while (and I don’t mean that in a creepy Silence of the Lambs kind of way). Want to see life through the eyes of a child? Or…

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The Sterling Castle

We live in that castle on the hill. Can you see it? There’s plenty of room. Or there used to be. It’s filling up quickly. More quickly as time passes. There’s a place for the college students. And for the battered women. For the theater goers. And for the patients. And for those who simply…