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Matt Neal
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Book Review: The Monk (1796), by Matthew Lewis, Part 1
I thought I was finished with this review, but I wanted to revisit it for the sake of another point of contention.  As you may know from my other reviews of classic works, I take particular objection to the portrayal of and condemnation of so called "fallen...
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Book Review: The Monk (1796), by Matthew Lewis
This novel has all the elements wanted for a Gothic Romance, including old castles, ghosts, catacombs under old abbeys, and the like.  But this book has a much more important feel to it than the other two Gothic Romances I recently read ( The Mysteries of U...
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The Castle of Otranto (1764), by Horace Walpole
This was a great, quick read for a Gothic Romance.  It did not bog itself down in flowery language or try to become epic in nature.  The entire story takes place in just a few days.  It tells of a tyrant - a usurper - whose claim to his title is being chall...
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Book Review: The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe (1794) Review Part 2
Second part of my review of Ann Radcliffe's most well-known novel.  Yes, I do recommend it, by the way. This book can be confusing at times, but I'm having a great time reading it.  To help you through it, you could listen to the audiobook while you read.  ...
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Deadlines
There is an inverse relationship between an approaching deadline and the ability to write above the level of a 5th grader. It's simple, really.  Those pesky deadlines are always far off in the distance, nothing but a glimmer in the shimmering sun on the hor...
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Now On Twitter!!
Follow me on Twitter  @mattnealwriter today!! If you do, then I will send each new subscriber a mental hug and my best wishes. (Best wishes may be delayed up to three weeks and can increase during the St. Patrick's Day season.  Mental hug will be instantane...
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Now On Twitter!!
Follow me on Twitter @mattnealwriter today!! If you do, then I will send each new subscriber a mental hug and my best wishes. (Best wishes may be delayed up to three weeks and can increase during the St. Patrick's Day season.  Mental hug will be instantaneo...
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Story Segment - The Dead Thing
In this segment, I'm trying to make the reader feel both curiosity and tension.  After reading it, tell me what you felt.  Grammar isn't being graded, I wrote this in just a few minutes.  Just enjoy, and go with it. -The Dead Thing-   Wet leaves fell like...
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Something New - Short Stories and Teasers
I'm going to add something new.  I'll start posting a few short stories here and there, as well as a few teasers.  A teasers is either the beginning of a story or a segment of a story.  I love to write and sometimes I'm just trying to hit a certain mood, or...
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Putting Yourself Out There as a Writer
Writers put themselves out there.  I never realized I would get such hate mail, people attacking me personally, saying such horrible things, over such innocent, humorous articles in a magazine.  It takes a lot out of you. I thought that if I avoid politics,...
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