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Archive for February 2011

Southern Gothic in Savannah

February 25, 2011

There’s definitely more to Southern Gothic than Roman statues and Greek columns. For it’s a writing style, or more specifically a genre that overlaps the much broader classification of Southern literature. According to most literary commentary, Southern Gothic originated from the Gothic-styled literature that was produced in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Both […]

Savannah and the Southern Mystique

February 24, 2011

  The Southern Mystique is not really a tangible item. Nonetheless, the concept has been widely explored by scores of writers from all around the country. Even though residence in Dixie is not a pre-requisite, most of the practitioners draw from family ties that are well rooted in the South. Whether it is due to […]

Savannah Book Festival

February 21, 2011

This past Saturday, I took an excursion to Savannah, which is located about 200 miles from my winter retreat. Savannah just happens to have one of the largest historic districts in the country and though I was headed straight for this part of  town, the old architecture was not my reason for visiting the city. […]

Think Things Are Tough Today?

February 15, 2011

If you think it’s tough being a novelist in the 21st century, maybe you should take a look at the past. Though it is true the competition in years gone by was a lot less, writers still had to persevere many difficulties in order to get the story out. This is not only true for […]

How Long Is a Novella?

February 11, 2011

Long and short are relative terms. In the overall scheme of things the Tadpole tail is located relatively close to our galaxy, the Milky Way. Fortunately, in literature, long and short, are a little easier to visualize. After I finished the rough draft of my first novel (still unpublished) I proudly commented to a friend […]

What Is a Novella?

February 10, 2011

A novella (or novelette as it is occasionally called) is a funny term. Within the literary world the art form occupies its own little niche, for it is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel. The Free Dictionary defines a novella as “a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a […]

At Last, A Novella

February 9, 2011

Well at last I got something published. The title is The Art Critics and the story takes place in New Orleans before Katrina. OK it was only an e-book and I never was able to find an agent and I only published a quarter of my final manuscript, but all-in-all, I’m satisfied with the effort. […]

Smashwords Premium Catalog

February 8, 2011

Here is the cover for my first e-book, which is actually a 4,000 word short story about a snowman. The tale probably best fits into the fantasy category, but it contains satirical elements as well. The written piece can be downloaded from Smashwords for a meager sum of $0.99 USD onto most reading devices. E-book […]

Early Days of E-publishing

February 7, 2011

  The first Kindle reading device appeared in 2007, ShakataGaNai from Wikipedia The Kindle has only been around for three and a half years, but e-publishing is much older than that.  Ten years ago e-publishing was quite different, but it still was possible to put out a good title and get results by working the […]

A World of Wonders

February 4, 2011

Yesterday a fascinating quote appeared at Buzz, Balls & Hype an interesting blog maintained by novelist MJ Rose. Here’s the quote; “Education is a great shield against experience. ….. It makes you wise in some ways, but it can make you a blindfolded fool in others.” –Robertson Davies, World of Wonders However, everyone should note […]

Groundhog Day’s Update

February 2, 2011

Today is Groundhog Day and as a result groundhogs all across the country will be coming out of their underground bungalows to predict the arrival of spring. According to experts in the field, the accurate assessment of the arrival of spring conditions is a classic case of inverse reality. This is because a sunny day […]