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"This Is Not A Book," Keri Smith

Pros: Very freeing; highly unusual; childlike and playful Cons: Needs a few more blank pages to keep exercises from interfering with each other Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal

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Author Excellence

Sorry about the recent lack of reviews—it’s been a sort-of mid-summer vacation. You’ll start to see more again later this week. In the meantime, since there have been so many spectacular internet author meltdowns regarding reviews this summer, let me

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"Beyond Heaving Bosoms," Wendell & Tan

Pros: Laugh-out-loud tears-in-your-eyes funny and highly educational! Cons: … Rating: 6 out of 5 NOT a publisher- or author-provided review book. (Purchased).   If you ever thought that romance novels were just “chick porn,” the Smart Bitches (Sarah Wendell and

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Cyborg Name

Get Your Cyborg Name   O frabjous day: we have a new book reviewer over at the reviews blog—Rene! She’s great, and has already posted a handful of reviews. Here are hers so far: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride

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Authors/Publishers and Bloggers

Just had to point anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to the discussion over at Mrs. Giggles’s blog on Do bloggers need that much love and attention from authors? She makes some wonderful points. The line has been blurred a

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A musing on description

Since I didn’t end up writing a review today, I thought I’d put up a little musing on description I’ve been thinking about recently. While concrete description is important, sometimes it’s also important to know which details to leave out.

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Surreal Nike Ad

There I was, reading Cracked.com’s 10 Awesome Ads (for Traumatizing Children), when I came across the Nike ad embedded below. And I watched it. And watched it again. And watched it again. And again. Maybe I’m the one who’s cracked,

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#Amazonfail all over again

Amazon has a new program that allows blog owners to publish their blogs to the Kindle and charge money for it. I wasn’t going to do it, but then I learned that it’s appallingly easy for other people to claim

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Asthma Cat Redux & Mother’s Day

Things have, as always, been kind of crazy. Health problems throughout the pets & family. Epic fail at getting the lawn done (first guy never showed up, second folks didn’t show, first guy showed and tried to guilt us into

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Amazonfail

I ended up spending a good chunk of yesterday following along with the massive furor over Amazon. Here’s the short of it if you haven’t heard about it yet: Amazon decided to exclude “adult content” books from sales rankings, and

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Stuff for Gamers

Take a look at the shirts-n-things in our stuff for gamers store.

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