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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

To Miss Lit and Art on April 7 Would Be A Crime

It would be a crime to miss the next Lit and Art at the Watermark on April 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. The scene: The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, second floor of the Bank of America building right across from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The skinny: five authors and poets share their works of literature, poetry, and crime fiction. Accomplices: live music, original artwork. Exhibit A: wine; Exhibit B: light refreshments. Spotted at the crime scene: You.

The April Lit & Art event features readers traveling from as far as Indiana — and as close as our own back alleyway. Featured authors and poets include Lucrecia Guerrero, Jerry Holt, Julie Wakeman-Linn, Austin Camacho, and Kathy Cottle. Live music by singer/songwriter Goodloe Byron and original artwork by Manzar. Hosted by Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman. Bring five minutes of your own work to share during the open mic session.

The Lit & Art Reading Series is free and open to the public. Wine and refreshments will be served. Join us for Lit and Art at the Watermark from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

You don’t have to be a sleuth to figure out why it’s been called "the best excuse to get lit in Baltimore on a Sunday afternoon."

Learn more (and join the online Lit & Art community) at www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/181120815252390/?fref=ts.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pen In Hand Writing Resolutions

How are your writing goals and resolutions going so far this year? Is it time to take the pen in hand (or keyboard to fingertips) and get to it? Or are things moving along as planned?

The Winter 2013 issue of Pen In Hand features my article, “Write Yourself a Lucky 2013,” in which I give some advice on keeping your resolutions attainable. Here’s a sample from the story.

“The important thing to remember when it comes to setting your goals and resolutions for the new year is to keep them within your control. I don't mean to limit yourself to what you hope to accomplish -- we should all strive to reach further and to break barriers. What I mean is that we should define our goals and resolutions in a way that is within our own immediate control.”

For example, resolve to write a certain number of pages each month, not to “finish a novel.” Resolve to keep submitting to agents, not to “get an agent.” Concrete goals that are within your control will allow you to be the one who makes or breaks them.

Read the article—and many other great material—in the latest issue of the Maryland Writers’ Association’s Pen In Hand.


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Next Best Book Blog Showcases My Desk

Over the past couple months, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my writing studio, at my desk. The same simple pine desk has seen the writing of at least part of just about every bit of fiction I’ve written since I was 12 years old. I’ve been there recently to revise my latest novel-in-progress, Setting the Family Free.

The Next Best Book Blog recently featured my desk and writing studio in their Where Writers Write series.

Where Writers Write is a weekly series that features a different author every Wednesday as they showcase their writing spaces. It’s your chance to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. Featured authors have included J.A. Tyler, Ben Tanzer, Greg Olear, Dinty W Moore, and even Margaret Atwood.

See the pictures and read about the place I write at the link below.


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