Papa Hemingway’s Blues (a review of the Astrohaus Freewrite)

(Note: I’ve been in a Monkees mood lately, so I borrowed the title of “Papa Gene’s Blues” – I’m not saying the Freewrite makes Hemingway, or me, blue.) The typewriter’s paradigm has persisted, hasn’t it? In a day where music is consumed via streaming services charging a monthly fee and

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Expression and the right to offend

I was wrapping-up the audio version of Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking (an excellent read) and reached the portion about the Boston Marathon bombings and her “a poem for dzhokar” (and the blowback she received) the morning after the Charlie Hebdo attack. Palmer describes what her thought process was when she fiddled with

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Form over Substance

I really dislike hollow Easter chocolate. I have since I was a little kid. It’s just… For many years, I figured it was simply because I like candy (chocolate in particular) and the lack of anything inside said hollow candies simply served-up a chocolate shell of disappointment. Move forward to the

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End of the fanfare

In November of 1977 I was 4 years old and my father took me to go see a movie. It was the third or fourth movie I had seen in the theater. I had no idea what to expect, but as the lights went down, the fanfare played and the

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Maggie & 1994

It was 20 years ago (not today… still have a couple of weeks to go for that). Disregard the fact I was recently single twice-over (my first real serious girlfriend had broken up with me just two weeks before my 21st birthday and the rebound relationship was just a poor

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What is THE HERITAGE?

In less than two weeks (on October 15, 2012), I’ll be relaunching the rough draft of The Heritage at quinceyharker.com. As I’ve been preparing for it, I realized many of my new followers may not know what it is. For their benefit, let’s answer the question “What is The Heritage?”

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Dirty Harry vs. the Invisible Man

In 1952 (60 years ago at the time of this writing), Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man was published. In 1953, it won the National Book Award. Invisible Man is a vital piece of American literature. Any student of writing should read it as it is, arguably, one of the most

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What’s next for THE HERITAGE?

I originally said the final draft would be out this month, then pushed it off to later this fall. Well, now I’m putting the final draft of The Heritage on hold for now. As a good man once sang, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” When

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A list of Dracula-related movies for @NeveyB

Following-up on last week’s list of novels, I present my list of Dracula-related movies. I’m a little more opinionated on these so, please, forgive me if we differ in what we like. It’s not personal. 🙂 Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) – Excellent example of German expressionism and of

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A post on Dracula-related novels for @NeveyB

Wow… I’m gone to write a novel and I don’t update my real blog in something like eight months! Weird how that works… But now I’m back! And, somehow, still dealing with Dracula. I think he’ll be hanging around for a while… Anyhow… a discussion came up with @DraculaBites and

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