Guest Post: 10 Ways to Make Friends in a Writing Workshop by Michael Schiavone
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / November 5, 2011

1 )      Arrive half-cocked with a thermos full of Southern Comfort 2 )      Bring a pet, ideally a possum. 3 )      Preface all your critiques with “Although I haven’t read your story…” 4 )      Speak with an Australian accent. 5)      If stuck for story, pass off “To Build a Fire” as your own. 6 )   Remove your shoes and socks. 7 )      Refuse to run spell-check. 8 )      Insist on unreliable narrators, preferably unicorns. 9 )      Include gratuitous sex whenever possible. 10)   At the end of workshop, light up a cigar. Michael Schiavone Author Biography Michael Schiavone has been writing professionally since 2000. An accomplished short story writer, his work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and been recognized by dozens of award programs, including multiple wins in the Glimmer Train award series for short fiction. After graduating from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, Michael worked as a stockbroker in San Francisco and Boston during the late ‘90’s dot-com boom. Following that bubble’s burst, he tended bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently Michael works as a day trader and emergency medical technician on Massachusetts’ North Shore. He plans to earn his paramedic license by 2013. When not writing, Michael practices mixed martial arts…

Author Q&A with Steven Saylor
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / November 3, 2011

Steven Say­lor (web­site | Face­book) is a well known historical fiction author whose books about ancient Rome are not only entertaining, but well researched and enlightening as well. His book Roma (my thoughts) was superb and I’m looking forward to read more.  I was very happy when Mr. Saylor agreed to answer a few questions for me. Q. Why did you set your books in ancient Rome? A. I could give a long, intellectual reply, but I like brevity with which my fellow author Mary Willis Walker once answered a similar question, about why she wrote murder mysteries: the prurient interest! For mysteries set in ancient Rome, that goes triple, thanks to the juicy material the sources supply in such abundance. From the character-assassinating speeches of Cicero to the erotic poetry of Catullus to the genocidal warfare described by Caesar to the scandal-packed biographies of Suetonius, the source material is pure page-turning gold. Q. Do you tailor your plot to the historical event or try to fit the event within the plot? A. The story always arises from the source material, and I never jimmy the historical details to fit my own plot. But I do work freely within the gaps…

Book Review: Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 2, 2011

A day in the life of a teenage girl, on the verge of becoming a woman. She is dealing with a depressed mom, coping with the recent death of her dad, school and the other problems girls like her deal on a daily base.

While her inner turmoil is boiling, she keeps a cool façade when it comes to portraying what she feels. Sometimes hypocritical, sometimes sad but interesting.

The League of Extraordinary Gentle — Men of la — Book Challenge (Vol. 1)
Reading Challenge / November 1, 2011

This are the books I have read for this fantastic reading challenge: – Drac­ula by Bram Stoker – Twenty Thou­sand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Steven­son – The Invis­i­ble Man by H.G. Wells – The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells – Any Fu Manchu novel – Any Sher­lock Holmes novel – Any Allan Quater­main novel – Any James Bond novel and – The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men graphic novel to tie it all together.   Join the challenge. Zohar – Man of la Book

The League of Extraordinary Gentle – Men of la – Book Challenge (Vol. 1)
Latest Posts , Reading Challenge / November 1, 2011

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O’Neill, is a wonderful graphic novel which take several famous (and not-so-famous) literary characters and mix them up together for an adventure of a lifetime. I thought it would be fun to read those classic novels and then the graphic novel to see how the creators managed to take such classics and mix them up all together.

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