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EClayRowe

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  • Birthday 11/05/1954

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  1. Outside of social media, you have print, radio, and television. And personal appearances. This was the world of the "book tour." Local radio, television, small town newspapers. It helped if you had a hook, like cozy mysteries with a cooking detective or if you were an ex-con that wrote historical romances. Nevertheless there was air to fill and a need for copy to get the readers to the back pages where the ads lived. Now, with social media, I can do an interview with a call-in show on my hometown public access station. Since one of my projects is a near-future dystopia set in New England, I may be ridden out of town on a rail next time I visit my daughter and grandaughter, but they know how to spell my name.
  2. Gloves off? I'm keeping hold of my stick in case I need it! I'm an old white liberal Pentecostal Christian male. I'd rather write than fight. It's a fallen world, and when you write for a secular market with a Christian worldview you will get flak from both sides. Pendulums swing. An organization gathers momentum to correct injustice but continues past the point of fair dealing until a backlash is inevitable. My advice to romance writers is to stay the course. Because ultimately Christ will be heard above the clamor of competing voices. Do you stay with the guild or strike out on your own? I don't know. But basing your decision on the voice of the loudest trumpet is a formula for error.
  3. It's not unique to the South. I used to bring a book along when we visited relatives in Maine. I could get in a chapter or two between the start of goodbyes and our actual departure.
  4. I think Sam Walton had the right idea: Vote with your feet! So I'll let The Mandalorian fall by the wayside and keep caught up on The Expanse and Picard. Or spend less time on television and movies regardless of which conglomerate appeals to my sense of nostalgia.
  5. Remembering the " New Wave" upheaval in the science fiction world, it's useful to maintain a sense of perspective. SFWA is all the stronger for it; Harlan Ellison and Samuel Delaney became respected elders; and subgenre fragmentation is rife. It was cyberpunk for the innovators and complex world-building for the traditionalists that ended the controversy, or maybe the realization that the written word competes with cinema and television for entertainment dollars and consumer attention. No one ever imagined that the pie would get so big!
  6. Castle Rock ME is supposed to be in the foothills of the White Mountains between Norway and Mexico. It's a mill town whose manufacturing economy has gone south. It's such a good town name and translates easily into other languages.
  7. Bloviazza! I know, it's too Italianate for clans with Celtic roots. But it's fantasy! Happy little trees!
  8. It's not a contranym, but " cleave" is both "to join together" and "to cut apart." But if a bird you own needs veterinary care, you may get a Bill bill bill.
  9. My phone knows that I write, but it hasn't figured out I don't have anything ready to send out into the world!
  10. PenName! I follow her on other sites because she help me understand the elaborate subterfuge that Joseph put his brothers through. Don't let that discourage you. I'm doing a science fiction story based on the Jonah story. Has it ever been done? Probably. But it's never been none by me!
  11. My grandson used to get mad when I adapted the car kits to make helicopters and windmills.
  12. It's okay. The toothpick and tweezers always fall out. BTW, that little plastic toothpick can open most watches and key fobs to change the battery.
  13. First drafts may be about word count, but revising makes the words count!
  14. I think the exclamation point makes it a blurb not a premise.
  15. I believe Mr Potts is not a fan of Jody Whittaker's tenure as The Doctor. And I can't say yea or nay because my Yankee upbringing makes it difficult to pay for television.
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