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Through hundreds of drafts?

When you print out your manuscript and read it, marking up with a pen, it sometimes feels like a criminal returning to the scene of a crime. Don Roff 1. No matter how many times an author finishes the first draft of a novel, they know this is only the beginning of the writing process… My first draft of The Secrets of A-Ria is a (handwritten) manuscript, in Russian. I’m going...

Over the edge

#1 So Absurd It Must Be True, Book 2  is here! Finally💃😂! Now I can take 1-2 weeks’ break… and forget about writing for a while. Kindle price 0.99 and paperback 8.99 (one month only), but because of COVID19, prices may vary or be different, depends on the time, country, and Amazon’s decision. OBS! I haven’t checked the print version yet, because the delivery time is much longer. If you’d like...

Maria, Masha, Mary, Mashenka…

All the most powerful emotions come from chaos – fear, anger, love – especially love. Love is chaos itself. Kirsten Miller The novel Mary was written in 1926 by the 27-year-old Nabokov (under the pseudonym Sirin) and published in Berlin. I know people often think that this book is the story about ‘the first love,’ but it is more complicated than that. The book is about the final break up of...

Book Review. My GRL, by John W. Howell

Editorial reviews: When life lands a hammer blow in your face, the best way to respond is to buy a book by John W. Howell. Or all of them! Swipe-Up Dallas Review The bodies of the three men were found in my apartment yesterday. I’d like to invite John W. Howell to solve the crime. It will make my day. Bored billionaire They say that when you’re about to die,...

Shame-less by Nadia Bolz-Weber

(nonfiction) #takeawaykeys If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. Brené Brown, Daring Greatly Alert! Long post, if you can’t read it now, save for later! This book is for women who are almost-enough, who are struggling every day of their lives to be perfect, to deliver the image of the good mother, sexual goddess, ideal companion, and out-of-this-world-body. This book...

Because you are currently here…

I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it. Don Roff The revision of So Absurd It Must Be True is done. Yesterday I sent the book to the proofreader. Book 2 consists of 23 short stories only, but they are longer. I believe the paperback should be 200-210 pages. I have...

Book Review. The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

The great Australian poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (or Kath Walker) turns 100 years this November. I’ve been thinking a lot about what she once said while reading Jane Harper’s novel The Lost Man. Kath Walker said, “Let no-one say the past is dead, the past is all about us and within.” What she means is that our past always affects our future. We are what we see, how we feel when we...