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A Short Course in Structure: Small Print Magazine

Coming November 1: Small Print Magazine is a print, online, digital resource. This issue is loaded with fiction, poetry, NaNoWriMo cues and tips as well as craft work. Steve Brannon, publisher/editor is running my A Short Course in Structure in several installments. First installment coming in the Fall Issue, November 1, 2013. Logo and urls below. Check it out. Just in time for NaNoWriMo 2013. Check out submission guidelines for the upcoming issues. http://smallprintmagazine.com http://smallprintmagazine.com/contributors/ http://smallprintmagazine.com/submission-form/ Share this:TweetShare on TumblrEmailLike this:Like...

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Who Do You Listen To?

Who Do You Listen To? After I came across a very brave and unique novel titled: Taliban Escape by Aabra  which was reviewed in The Dark Phantom Review, I remembered an exchange I had with a fellow writer and former student. I want to post it here for anyone visiting this blog as a reminder of why we write: Writer: I’m trying hard to maintain the last bit of writing advice you provided, “write what you want, the way you want.” That’s hard, especially with two friends criticizing it. Right now, if I take them seriously, I need to go back and almost start over with my work-in-progress.” JR: Yes, that’s a tough one. One short answer is to listen but choose what to change if anything. The way I see it, we have this ideal story in our heads. It’s endless, but when you write, the readers plug in what you write and if it doesn’t connect somewhere to the universal story, they get this disjunction and their pencils move. What that gives us then is the issue of who’s doing the writing. But even deeper is the question of vision–-readers want you to tell them the story they want to hear. It’s your job to tell them a story they’ve never heard. If you can’t get past the universal, then you add nothing to the inventory of...

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Revised Virtual Tour Schedule for Gabriela and The Widow

Coming soon–the youtube video trailer for Gabriela and The Widow.  I’ll post the url when she comes on-line. Gabriela’s Blog Tour, like all expeditionary excursions, undergoes itinerary changes according to the terrain, weather, and geo-political upheavals. Here is the url with the latest additions, deletions, changes, hopes, fears etc.:http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/worldofinknetwork/jack-remick-jan-feb-13.html American Chronicle and Andi’s Realm came off without a hitch. Thanks to all for visiting those stops. Jack Share this:TweetShare on TumblrEmailLike this:Like...

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Valley Boy has been published. Book Two of the California Quartet

Valley Boy, a Coming-of-Age Novel by Jack Remick Valley Boy ($13.95, 254 pp, 6×9 Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60381-145-3), by Jack Remick, covers a year in the life of a third-generation Okie teenager who is struggling with the stigma of his heritage. ** CLICK THE COVER IMAGE TO ORDER ** **ALSO AVAILABLE IN KINDLE ** “Valley Boy is the story of every kid who wandered out of the Valley into Baghdad by the Bay with dreams, imagination, curiosity and a mind that admitted stuff besides cars and girls. I’m tempted to say this is Remick’s best work …. The story is witty, tense and true. The protagonist is Ricky, but this is Linard’s story too—which makes this novel a more fulfilling coming of age journey than that of the self-absorbed, self-righteous icon of the Eastern Experience—Holden Caulfield …. Remick might be accused of writing a happy ending but I, for one, am happy to see an ol’ Okie boy find his place in the shade and out of those god damned vineyards and peach orchards. Good for Ricky. Good for Remick. It takes guts to write a novel such as this.” —Frank Araujo, Anthropologist, Linguist, and Author of The Q Quest, A Perfect Orange, Nekane, The Lamiña and the Bear “Valley Boy is a teeming amalgam of allegory, pathos, and stark language, all wrapped in a blend of dark humor...

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