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Through a Dusty Window Free on Kindle!

I’ve read this wonderful collection of short stories, and now I command you all to do the same!

Delancey Stewart

Hey guys! I’m waist deep in edits on other projects, and have been quiet for a long time, I know. Sorry about that! But in the meantime, if you haven’t read Through a Dusty Window yet, and are looking for something you can take in quick little bites or devour easily in one setting – it’s free on Kindle until Wednesday!

If you do happen to read it, I’d love to see some more reviews and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon if you have a few minutes – those are the things that really do help drive visibility, thanks to their algorithms (I know, I promised that this blog would have no math…)

Here are a couple of the reviews left by past readers:

5.0 out of 5 stars Through A Dusty Window: New York City… December 2, 2012
“I found this series of short stories to…

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Well, when you put it like that, then yeah, I can totally do this! (Reblogged).

Out Where the Buses Don't Run

As if Chuck Wending hasn’t already proven himself as the Internet’s Sherpa of Wordsmithery and Resident Cheerleader By Way of Clever Usage of Unbelievably Foul Language and Biting Sarcasm, now Chuck dishes out what may be his best piece of advice ever:

How to Push Past The Bullshit and Write That Goddamn Novel: A Very Simple No-Fuckery Writing Plan to Get Shit Done

Essentially, you’re going to give yourself one year’s time to write your novel. You will write five days a week, giving yourself the weekends off. That gives you 260 days to write. On those 260 days, you will write 350 words. That is all.

350 words x 260 days = 91,000 words, or nearly 400 pages.

Of course, you’ll need to edit this once you’re done. But it’s totally doable. Who’s with me?

Look, Chuck’s even created a pretty chart!

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Free Porn

Here’s one of my favorite bloggers promoting another of my favorite bloggers.  Lady or Not…Here I Come is hysterical and fantastic.  Check her out and then vote for her, please!

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Leap Vast Hurdles with Bernard Cornwell

Reblogged from http://shortattentionspanpress.wordpress.com.

This is from one of my favorite authors.

Leap Vast Hurdles with Bernard Cornwell.

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Antonini, Part 1

Best thing I have read all day.  Had to share!

Antonini, Part 1.

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Some great tips that I will try to use!

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Writing Dialogue

So, I’ve mentioned before that I want to write a novel based on ideas that have been kicking around in my head for years, but that I am new to writing prose.  Well, I am facing a real struggle here lately in that I just noticed that I am not writing any dialogue.  I haven’t posted any samples of my novel here on WordPress yet, but I have been spending a lot of time on the novel in between blog entries.

My background is in History and Political Science, but I have no real interest in writing anything on those subjects.  But since I have done a lot of academic writing, I never developed the necessary skills to add dialogue in my stories.  I feel like a reporter simply telling a story from the third person without allowing the first or second persons to speak.  That seems to work for me in Bloglandia, but it is not serving my novel well at all.

I certainly am not giving up, but I thought it might help to record my progress here so that I can look back and see the process involved in writing the world’s greatest novel EVER!

But I can’t help but feel as though I might be a bit out of my element.

So, I will do some research, and study the methods necessary to add dialogue to my tale.  I will practice and practice, and the first attempts will suck (of course), but I am certain that I will prevail, and that I will write an interesting story that many people will love.

Publishers, start your engines!

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