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A Q&A with Kelly Sundberg, Author of “It Will Look Like a Sunset”

Posted by Melanie Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few questions. She was wonderfully gracious, taking time to answer my questions that same day, from Idaho, at her summer job in  the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Our email conversation follows.

Bishop: You say that the publication of "It Will Look Like a Sunset" led to over 20,000 views of your blog. My guess is by now that number is much higher. The essay has obvious literary value, but also has societal and cultural relevance as an essay that pioneers the…

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Grammar Tip: Who vs. That

Posted by Maria Murnane on August 26, 2014 at 2:32pm 1 Comment

No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go on our websites, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and so on. I read a lot of them that begin something like this:

 

  • Jane Doe is a nurse that always wanted to write a book, so one day she decided to go for it...

 

  • John Smith was having trouble getting his manuscript noticed by traditional publishers, but he isn't a person that backs away from a challenge, so he chose the indie route and has had great success...

 

  • Jane Doe is a licensed therapist that works with people of all ages to help them manage post-traumatic stress disorder...

 

These are all compelling…

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Be An Ally: Read in Peace Today For Michael Brown And The People of Ferguson, Missouri

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on August 25, 2014 at 1:00pm 10 Comments

A week and a half ago, I was reading Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" to my boys, and came across this passage about the barbaric "order" of medieval life, which boiled down to who could kill whom with impunity. 

"A master might kill his slave for nothing: for mere spite, malice, or to pass the time--just as we have seen that the crowned head could do it with his slave, that is to say, with anybody. A gentleman could kill a free commoner, and pay for him--cash or garden-truck. A noble could kill a noble without expense, as far as the law was concerned, but reprisals in kind were to be expected. Anybody could kill somebody, except the commoner and the slave; these had no privileges. If they killed, it was murder, and the law wouldn't stand murder. It…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Comfort Zone

Posted by Cindy Eastman on August 25, 2014 at 11:00am 1 Comment

There was a documentary on TV recently about the making of Green Day’s Broadway musical, An American Idiot. The early part of the film showed the auditions for the lead singers. One young woman stepped up to the mic and began singing. (I’m always impressed with singers, since I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.) The music began and she closed her eyes and opened her mouth. It was enchanting, but she was clearly not happy with her effort. The producers even asked her to try it again. She smiled, made a joke and began again. This time, everyone was happy with the result. During this audition, I watched her face. Something was visible in her features as she worked to allow the words come from within her and I still don’t know what it was. With her eyes closed and her vocal cords outlined against her…

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A Q&A with Kelly Sundberg, Author of “It Will Look Like a Sunset”

On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few questions. She was wonderfully gracious, taking time to answer my questions that same day, from Idaho, at her summer job in  the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Our email…

I am doing okay folks

So I totally forgot about this blog.  I have so many other things going on in my life, most importantly my daughter's first day of 1st grade was today.  Can you believe it?  I know, she is getting so big!  (sigh)  

Well, I have beaten down the annoying little tribble called writer's block and the words are pouring fourth (spelling?).  I have practically rewrote ALL my novel so far and instead of having 60,000 words when I started, now I have 31,000.  

I just couldn't do it, I…

A Supernatural Romance Time Travelling Murder Mystery

My newest writing, which is still in the first/early draft (subject to radical alteration) is a bit of a mash up. Maybe I've overplayed my hand here but it certainly contains elements of all of the above. 

The working title for it is The Winter Rose and it will contain two 'books' within it. One 'book' will focus on the modern day story and the other will focus on the past - specifically the time around the Henry V foray into France for the French…

Have You Ever Been Pregnant?

Akashic Books (a terrific indie press out of Brooklyn, NY) just published a new short of mine as part of their web series dedicated to flash fiction. This story is about being 44 and having a first baby... check it out...

"Little Bear's Apgar Score" is now live on Akashic's website, and can be found here:…

[REALITY CHECK] - Kindle Pre-orders: How it Works and What You Need to Know!

We're going a little off schedule this week on [REALITY CHECK]. In Jim's previous post about what Amazon can (and can't) do with your ebook (see "Amazon Ate My Ebook!"), he said that…

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

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