Month: April 2013

Thwarting my Laptop

My tiny hand-me-down laptop gave me the good ole Blue Screen of Death a few weeks ago. I loved working on the thing because, honestly, the screen was so small, it was unpleasant doing just about everything but typing on it. Web surfing was clumsy, and every window I opened was scrunched up and cramped for space. But Word was a wide, open expanse, free of excuses. Then, the BSOD. I made a few attempts to fix it, then passed it off to my husband for repair. In the meantime, I took to writing in my composition book, the one I usually just use to jot down a bit of dialogue or a paragraph that sneaks into my head right before sleep. Now I was writing whole sections longhand, and my nearly diminished callous swelled with pride at being useful once again. The laptop resisted all attempts to fix i...

Author Interview: Dean F. Wilson

Thank for being here today, Dean! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. Thank you for having me, Ashley. I started writing “officially” when I was around 11, but had been doing bits and pieces before that. That was when I began a film script, which then turned into a novel, and then got abandoned for other writing projects. When I was around 13 I created the first draft of a novel called Protos Mythos: Dawn of the Dark Age, which earned me an award at Trinity College Dublin. That story eventually, through dozens of rewrites, became The Call of Agon, all these years later. As a bit of a perfectionist I found it difficult to accept the novel as being “done,” which made it hard to ship it off to agents and publishers. Eventually, as I res...

Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

Q: Thanks for being here today, Adrienne! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. I’ve technically been a writer since I was ten, when I attempted to write my first book (which was a rip-off of a Judy Blume book.) I wrote poetry for years and when I was a freshman in college, my English teacher tried to talk me into changing my major to English. Well, I changed it from Biology to Nursing to Education and back to Biology. I ended up graduating with a degree in Biology with plans to attend Medical School until I realized I didn’t want to be a doctor after all. I ended up becoming an RN out of necessity (I found myself divorced with 3 kids to raise) but I really didn’t want to be a nurse, either. It took me years to realize that my talent and passion had always be...

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