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Hot off the presses: Germany, yes, Germany has just passed a non-smoker protection law.  Beginning September 1, there will be no smoking in public buildings, public transportation including taxis, or train stations.  Train stations?  Holy Teutonic Plates! For those of you who have never been to Germany, a word of explanation: When the Germanic peoples […]

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A distinct sameness has been pervading the stories the kids in my writing class are working on.  A sameness almost unrelieved, despite all our talk about visual writing, and looking at examples in books, by description of any sort.  Our mice live in featureless worlds.  They display only the most rudimentary hints of personality.  I’d […]

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As faithful readers of this column will recall, my timetable for book marketing was made a hash of by my printer’s failure to deliver the goods on time.  By the time I had the books in hand, the insanity of the Christmas season was upon us.  So I put most of my marketing campaign on […]

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The books ought to arrive in about two weeks now, and though there are things I could be working on (a short story, the next novel, learning how to run the website) I’ve been reading instead, and being generally lazy.  So lazy that I’m going to punt on today’s entry, and just put down a […]

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