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Kerouac's Hauntedness-of-Mind
Recently, I came across a wonderful
quote by Jack Kerouac that has me a little unnerved. He wrote, “A
scene should be selected by the writer for haunted-ness-of-mind
interest. If you're not haunted by something, as by a dream, a
vision, or a memory, which a...
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Is Publishing Paper Books Worth It?
A fellow author recently asked me if I
thought it was worth it to produce books in paperback these days. She
said that several of her books sell well in digital but hardly at all
in paper. I had to agree with her—my experience is pretty much the
same. I hav...
A fellow author recently asked me if I thought it was worth it to produce books in paperback these days. She said that several of her books sell well in digital but hardly at all in paper. I had to agree with her—my experience is pretty much the same. I have an advantage over a lot of ...
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Unveiling the New KathleenValentine.com
For several years my literary web site at www.KathleenValentine.com has languished, neglected. The shoemaker's children have no shoes. So this week I decided to get serious and update it. I am not quite done yet but I think I am getting there. This is from ...
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Family History as Story
In 1514 in Nordlengen, Donauworth,
Germany, a baby named Leonard K ö b el
was born. In 1538 he married Anna Reyschlag in 1538 and 2 years later
they gave birth to a son named Klaus. Klaus married Magdalena ? in
1560 and they had a son named Nicholas and the...
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Guest Post by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar: Between Literary and Chicky
Between Literary and Chicky By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar I didn’t control my Muse. Not in a
specific way to generate particular ideas. Sure, I sit down several
times a week and force myself to produce as much as I can in the few
hours I have between kids’ bir...
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Reading-the-World: Algeria, Chile, Palestine
Continuing with my Reading-the-World challenge--a challenge I have set for myself based on  Ann Morgan's A Year of Reading The World web site, here are three more books. Algeria:  The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris by Leila Marouane The narrator of thi...
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In Praise of Porch-Sitting
View from my porch I come from a long line of
porch-sitters. My parents and both my grandmothers lived in houses
with big porches with swings on them. Most of my happiest memories
involve sitting on someone's porch. It's a beautiful past-time. I've
written ...
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Read-The-World: Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq
Three more books in my #readtheworld adventure: Afghanistan: Waiting
for the Taliban by Anna Badkhen In 2001 shortly after the invasion of
Afghanistan, journalist Anna Badkhen made the arduous journey to
Northern Afghanistan. There she developed friendships...
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Read-the-World: Mexico, Laos, Albania
Continuing with my Reading-the-World challenge--a challenge I have set for myself based on  Ann Morgan's A Year of Reading The World  web site, here are three more books.  Mexico:  Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival   I read this a number of years a...
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Reading-the-World: Iceland, Nigeria, Syria
Continuing with my Reading-the-World challenge--a challenge I have set for myself based on  Ann Morgan's A Year of Reading The World  web site, here are three more books.  Nigeria: Purple Hibiscus by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Kambili is fifteen, her brother...
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Reading-the-World: Haiti, Morocco, UAE
Continuing with my Reading-the-World challenge--a challenge I have set for myself based on  Ann Morgan's A Year of Reading The World  web site, here are three more books.  Haiti: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat Claire is a seven year old girl wh...
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For Fiesta: A Spicy Scene from Depraved Heart!
In
honor of Fiesta I am posting a selection from my novel  Depraved
Heart . Art curator Tempest Hobbs has been hired by convicted killer and
former NFL star Syd Jupiter to catalog the art collection his
daughter has inherited from her great-grandfather. Tem...
In honor of Fiesta I am posting a selection from my novel Depraved Heart. Art curator Tempest Hobbs has been hired by convicted killer and former NFL star Syd Jupiter to catalog the art collection his daughter has inherited from her great-grandfather. Tempest knows about Syd's past but is still ...
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Kathleen Valentine was born and grew up in the Allegheny Highlands of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in The Arts and worked for over twenty years in the art/marketing departments of high-tech corporations. Since 2003 she has run her own design business, Valentine-Design.com. She is the author of "Fry Bacon. Add Onions", a cookbook/memoir of growing up Pennsylvania Dutch, as well as 4 novels, several novelettes and short story collections, and knitting instruction books. She has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 Author in Horror. Her novellas, "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter" were Amazon Top Ten Best Sellers in Horror and Ghost Stories for over 20 weeks. Her blog at KathleenValentine.com has been read by thousands of readers since its beginning in July 2005. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport, and is writing every day.
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