Tag Archives: James Ellroy

Whatcha Readin’?

What are you reading right now? — well, aside from this post, smarty-pants. What’s on your nightstand, or wherever you keep your open book? What’s your preferred genre? Do you ever read outside your genre? If you’re a writer, you … Continue reading

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2013 Year in Books–According to Goodreads

Well, according to Goodreads, this is all I read throughout year. The books are displayed in no particular order, and I’m almost certain it’s an incomplete list. Surely I read more than that! I reckon I just forgot to record … Continue reading

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Top Ten Book Faves

The tag game on Facebook these days is to name the top ten books you’d grab if your house caught fire. Grabbing your Bible is a given, thank heavens, but what would you want to take with you besides that? … Continue reading

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The Black Dahlia, a review

Donald Maass used The Black Dahlia in The Fire in Fiction to illustrate how to make a character “special.” Since no one personality would appeal to all readers, the best way to make a character special is to show how … Continue reading

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Early Lessons from The Black Dahlia

Back in January of 2010, I made a New Year’s resolution some of you may remember: to read every book Donald Maass used as an example in his┬áThe Fire in Fiction. All this time, and I’m just now hitting chapter … Continue reading

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