Indian Summer is over.  Yesterday was wonderful cycling weather, low 70’s and patchy clouds, but today is about 50 and drizzling, with similar forecast for the foreseeable future.  There will no doubt be a few rideable days before winter sets in, but bicycle season is officially over. The other day, the possibility of a day […]

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A garrulous Irishman, Joyce Was known for his narrative voice But he wrote about poo So what can we do? But stick to May Alcott, for choice.   James Joyce, sometime drinking buddy of Earnest Hemingway, spent seven or eight years writing  a little ditty called Ulysses.  During the last few of those years, he […]

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Well, I wanted to write about Kerouac vs. Hemingway today, but then yesterday the proof arrived from the printer, so I got all kinds of excited until I opened the package.  Just about everything was wrong.  I called them, and it turned out that two minutes on the phone last week would have sorted it […]

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Gee, this blog really jumps around a lot, doesn’t it?  Sort of like my novel, which back in July came to a screeching halt when my venerable copy of Word 2000 suddenly up and died.  Last year, it had decided that it would crash whenever I gave it certain commands, such as ‘find.’   After a […]

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Keen-eared readers of this column will have noted by now my fondness for the words that form today’s title.  Fortunately, Unfortunately was the name of one of my very favorite books when I was little.  Unfortunately, I haven’t read it since I was about six.  Unfortunately, it is now out of print. It’s a very […]

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You will laugh, but I had foolishly thought that I would finally be able to clean off my desk after the book was done.  Instead, it is covered with more piles of paper than ever, and the piles refuse to keep themselves organized.  The business of turning this project into a business is fraught with […]

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DIY

To self-publish, or not to self-publish; that is the question.  The wisdom in the industry is that if you do, you will never be taken seriously and will never get reviewed.  Your book will never make the front table at B&N, it will never be chosen as the book of the month, and you will […]

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Welcome to Iconoclastic Press, publisher of The Great American Desert, that peculiar and strangely compelling new novel that breaks new ground in the world of narrative prose.  I am Brian Kruse, author of said novel and sole proprietor of Iconoclastic Press. In this blog, I will be writing about the sometimes utterly maddening process of […]

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The book proposal, less than a day and a half late, is done. Or at least the first draft is. Now we’ll see what the agent has to say. Pop quiz: How many of you actually believed it would be done when I said it would be? I know I didn’t, but I also knew […]

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The past two weeks, getting the MS ready for the printer, have been ridiculous.  Here’s a future topic: Software Hell. Software wasn’t the only thing keeping me up at night.  There was also the fact that I had set myself a deadline for submission to the printer, which meant that I needed to stop rewriting […]

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