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Meet Author Greg Stone February 8, 2023 and February 22, 2023

Greg Stone

Greg Stone is the author of Dangerous Inspiration. Synesthesia alters detective-turned-novelist Ronan Mezini’s perceptions. But can it help him find the killer? Wednesday, February 8, 2023 (7:00pm - 8:30pm): Trinktisch, 87 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478 Wednesday, February 22, 2023 (7:00pm - 8:30pm): Trinktisch, 87 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478 For more information: Dangerous Inspirations: A Book Reading & Beer Pairing (with Author Greg Stone)

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Anonymity, Pseudonymity, and Promotion part 2

In Part 1 of this discussion, we talked about why someone might want to stay anonymous as a result of stalking or for personal safety. Here are some more of the other really good reasons to stay anonymous. Transitioning Transitioning is a really tough process, made intentionally tougher in some places. Plenty of gifted writers have discussed the process, so I'm not going to repeat that here. What I am going to say, however, is that you may, or may not, be ready to ditch your deadname. You may be out, or you may not. You may have fully transitioned,...

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Leave a Review! (or, Developing a Culture of Praise)

I think most writers wrangle with the feeling that their writing is garbage, from time to time. Our own inner critics take our rough drafts and compare them incessantly and unkindly to the great works that exist in the world. And this is a normal part of the growth process. Read something polished, pick up those tricks, apply them to our works-in-progress lather-rinse-repeat. But another thing happens, sometimes. Sometimes the critics get you. I just recently completed a gig, writing blog posts for a software company. It's work I've been doing for decades, but this time I got a hold...

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In Memory of Flavia Idà

Flavia Ida memorial 2022 (blog)

We are saddened to report that author Flavia Idà passed away on November 4, 2022. Flavia was the author of the novels The Iron and The Loom (Il ferro e il telaio), The Names of Heaven, Children of the Wrong Time (Figli del tempo sbagliato), The Last Speck of the World (L’ultimo granello del mondo), the short story "Mercy", and provided the translation for Building Baby Brother (Costruendo il fratellino). Flavia was also known for her work with the Italian Consulate in San Francisco, as a translator. Her passion for the Italian culture, and for helping descendants of Italian immigrants...

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Meet Author Marlene Anne Bumgarner November 5 and 6, 2022

Marlene Anne Bumgarner is the author of Back to the Land in Silicon Valley. When Marlene and her husband moved to a rural plot of land in 1973, she thought of herself as simply a young mother seeking an affordable and safe place in which to raise her child. Saturday, November 5, 2022 (2:00pm - 3:00pm): Morgan Hill Library, 660 W Main Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Sunday, November 6, 2022 (3:00pm - 4:00pm): Tortilla Flats, 4616 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073

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Anonymity and Promotion (Part 1)

Content warning: stalking, harassment, threats, and law enforcement indifference to those things It's generally assumed that if you're going to write a book, you are going to promote that book. Tell your friends, buy a copy for your mom to take to bridge club, whatever. "I did this!!!!" you shout from the rooftops. You actively work to build your social media standing, so as to increase the reach of your posts, so more people get the treat of reading your work. That's how it works, right? Except when it doesn't. For many of us, existing within both digital and meatspace...

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Me and Sookie Stackhouse: A Trick to Get You Past Doomscrolling

Everyone is distracted. Seriously, I followed two different anti-doomscrolling bots on Twitter, because, well :: gestures around :: there's a lot going on and a lot to keep up with and pictures of cats and dogs and... and I can feel my attention span contracting. That dopamine merry-go-round is pretty powerful, and what with needing to keep up with natural disasters (Alaska, California, Florida, Dominican Republic/Haiti/Cuba ...) and world events (Britain, Iran) and politics (like the latest Rolling Stone piece on Officer Fanone)... it's so so so easy to just scroll and scroll and scroll while your TBR sits there...

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