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Reporting from the Tucson Festival of Books 2016

…Since I’d decided that I’d focus on attending sessions on book business, which included usage of social media, I spent many seminars meeting several of the same presenters and attendees. One gentleman who seemed to pop up in half of the sessions I attended is @Ron Hogan. He’s everywhere! Also, his background in starting the literary blog Beatrice.com in 1995 provided stellar credentials for authenticating his social media knowledge. Ron emphasized that authors need to be on social media, but as a person who loves books, not someone constantly entreating people to buy theirs.

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Hack!

On a dark and windy night, a lone figure, whose face we don’t see in the darkness, slips in through the back door of a house. A couple is sleeping upstairs in their bedroom.

Suddenly, the figure is at the couple’s bedside and a shiny knife appears. The camera cuts away to show the knife as it is wielded repeatedly, with blood spurting in the air. The couple has been hacked to death with the intruder’s knife.

…Now that’s a definition of “hacking” that I remember.

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Why Writing and Building a Home Are Similar

… In writing, build your story or premise, one concept at a time, bringing the elements together – sometimes jarringly to create interest. On one wall, you might have a theme color that appears, seemingly randomly, in many places. That theme might be followed up in couch cushions, in images on the walls, in displays in the kitchen of colorful produce. …

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Traveling Wo-man

… The passenger seated next to me commented that another airline has five inches more legroom.  That doesn’t sound like much, but when someone is seated in the same position for hours, having that extra room is important.  After all, even in hospitals they turn patients every few hours to avoid bedsores…

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Writing about Fathers

For many years, fathers were represented as those elusive, wise creatures who left the home in the morning, did battle in the world of commerce during the day, and came home to share dinner with the family. Possibly they might fall asleep in their chair after dinner, but were a household presence. …

Writing about a father now can be a totally different experience. While the ad campaigns still tout toolboxes, fishing gear, and gadgets for the home, many men and fathers no longer focus on those pastimes.   My husband recently commented that it seemed there are a proliferation of men who are chefs….

 

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How to Decide What to Write

You’re on a tight deadline and you need to write.  It might be for a blog, a report, an ongoing writing project, or social media.  Instead of just writing the first thing that comes to mind–which can work, too–try the following approach:

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