Category Archives: excerpts

Previewing Your Book — “Look Inside”

One of the more powerful sales features of Amazon is its ability to let on-line shoppers take a lengthy peek at your book. A couple of clicks and the shopper can read your title page, your copyright statement, your preface, … Continue reading

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Focus KISS: Barri Evins on Story Simplicity

There’s a wealth of screenwriting advice on the Internerd. Too much, if anything. Every once in a while, something gets posted that’s really important and very well put. Check out the article by Barri Evins at Script: “Tell the damned … Continue reading

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Bulwer-Lytton Contest Entry

From her high-up window in the attic of the old Suggins home, a run-down, ramshackle, hodge-podge of add-ons, lean-tos, and converted outbuildings that mercifully obscured the original structure, now devoid of paint these many decades, Becky Sue Suggins looked out … Continue reading

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Excerpt Chapters

Someone asked me recently about the wisdom of posting the first chapter of her book on her website. I replied:  Sounds good to me. Little risk. I don’t know if I’d upload exactly one chapter. I’d find a really exciting … Continue reading

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Excerpt, Log of the Silver Dream

Sharon’s entry in the Log of the Silver Dream: February 25: Another wonderful day aboard the Silver Dream! Capt. David and Capt. Sharon sailed away to Calcutta. We explored a group of ruined pagodas out in the jungle. We saw … Continue reading

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Excerpt, Silver Dream

David talks about his computer game addiction: Chapter 12: The Glowing Screen Calls Me “I spent hours and hours, mostly doing role-playing games . . . I’d make up a character and take him into this big city where I … Continue reading

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The Sail Away Poem

The voyages of the Silver Dream began with a poem: David says, “Mrs. Whitworth was my homeroom teacher and taught English, too. One day she read us a poem. Here’s how it went: The Silver Dream Come, sail away on … Continue reading

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Arcana

I just finished reading a book of Robert Bloch’s stories. Not exactly bedtime reading, as they’re based on HP Lovecraft’s works, full of eldritch, adjectival horror, with frequent allusions to haunted cities, hideous beings, and imaginary grimoires. But they’re fun. … Continue reading

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