Around a year ago, on a writing website for the published-challenged, I came across a novel excerpt, The Daguerreotypist by Eric Lowe.  While I’d read a lot of fiction on the site that I thought was publishable, some very good, The Daguerreotypist, struck me as being the most likely to hit big. The hook was [...]

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Marion on July 22nd, 2010

Trolls, for those unfamiliar with the concept, invade chat rooms and various kinds of social networking sites. They usually enter with false identities.  The purpose of trolling is to create chaos and division.  This is done for the “lulz” — trollspeak for entertainment value.  Often troll attacks involve more than one troll and may include [...]

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Marion on July 18th, 2010

This is just a tiny filler blog. Think of it as a long tweet.  My novel, Loisaida, is now available on Smashwords and for slightly more but with wireless download at The Kindle Store. It will be available at B&N, IBooks and those other places through Smashwords within a few weeks. There’s a promotional sale at [...]

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Marion on July 12th, 2010

I’m so old that the first time I heard about the fake-weed craze was when I read about it this Sunday in The New York Times. For the other AARP-members reading this, a little something called K2 or Spice or Genie has hit America and is directly implicated in at least one death.  That’s one [...]

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In today’s paper of record, The New York Times, there’s an article on the increase in applications to Teach for America and the competition for spots in that program among ivy-league grads. Teach for America is a well-funded non-profit that recruits and trains our best and brightest for placement as teachers in public schools in [...]

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