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Tuesdays with Story
2-16-2012

Quote of the Week
‘If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.’ – Isaac Asimov

The Power of Non-Fiction and the Importance of Marketing
Tuesday, February 14, was the first anniversary of the start of the Wisconsin Protests. John Nichols, a local journalist with national credentials (and a talented writer), has published a book, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street. I thought I’d pick up a copy Tuesday evening before the meeting. I looked, but there was nothing on the “New and Noteworthy Table,” nothing in the “Wisconsin” section. I asked the person manning the information desk if they had it. He hung his head and said sheepishly, “We sold out, and people have been asking about it all day. We should have ordered more. We have more – a bunch more – coming in soon.” I thanked him and turned away, just as another patron came up behind me and said, “Do you have John Nichols’ new book?”
Behold – the power of writing – if you can get the store to stock your book!

Tuesday Night at the Bookstore
Despite Tuesday being Valentine’s Day, seven of us appeared at BN, acknowleged “Singles Awareness Day” for the unattached in our group, and set down to work.
Terry Hoffman read a scene from The Great Tome. Jack felt like we didn’t get a good picture of Ace. The descriptions in the chapter were very contrary. Carol thought the contrariness worked because Ace is looking for the book but being sneaky about it. Jack then suggested putting the elegant suggestions of Ace in the past, and focus on her dishevled change – that would lead Rachel toward wondering just what it is Ace is looking for. Liam felt there were too many descriptions of her clothing, and that was puzzling. Andrea really enjoyed the tension set up by the reader knowing what Ace was looking for but Rachel being a step behind. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail

Tuesdays with Story
2-10-2012

Quote of the Week

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” — Charles Dickens

Celebrating Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday
By Raymond M. Lane, Published: February 6
Charles Dickens was born at midnight on February 7, 1812, the second of Elizabeth and John Dickens’s eight children.
It was reported that the newborn baby began to cry as the clock struck 12, and many feel that his voice is as real today as it was 200 years ago. Dickens grew up to become one of the world’s most famous and beloved writers. His characters are known throughout the world.
What many kids — and adults — may not know is how famous Charles Dickens was during his lifetime. He was as a big a celebrity in the 1800s as any of today’s TV, movie or music stars.
Kids, of course, know “A Christmas Carol,” with the mean Ebenezer Scrooge and poor Tiny Tim. The story is about finding kindness in your own heart when the world seems hard and cold.
All of Dickens’s 15 novels are still being read, and have been made into movies, television shows and even plays, puppet shows and cartoons.
Today, most kids learn about Dickens by reading “A Christmas Carol.” As you get older, you might read other classics, including “Oliver Twist” or “A Tale of Two Cities.” All of his novels are powerful and sometimes a little spooky. All in some way are about children who have to overcome hardships, including growing up without their parents. (more…)

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