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Fiction For A Cure: Friday Line-up

Fiction For A Cure: Friday Line-up

Fiction For A Cure, which is a mega-event in the Relay For Life of Second Life’s fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society, wraps up today. We have two incredibly special events to finish the drive. At 3 PM PDT/Second Life time, New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon will join us for a reading. […]

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21 Days to a Novel: Tonight in Second Life for FFAC

21 Days to a Novel: Tonight in Second Life for FFAC

Tonight, starting at 6 PM PDT, I’ll be teaching my class, 21 Days to a Novel in Second Life. The event is part of Fiction For A Cure, which is part of Relay for Life in Second Life’s cancer research fundraising effort for the American Cancer society. Hit the link for information about the class […]

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Fiction For A Cure

Fiction For A Cure

Fiction For a Cure is a Second Life fund-raising event, which is part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign. Kat Klaybourne and I have organized the event, which features live and silent auctions, classes, readings and raffles. Kat reached out to donors and sponsors on the Second Life side of things, and […]

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Amazon’s Offer to Authors: a reality check

Amazon’s Offer to Authors: a reality check

Amazon floated a trial balloon in their dispute with Hachette to “take authors out of the middle.” Gigaom.com has the full text here. Within minutes of the letter’s publication, warriors on either side of the fight decried the letter as a cynical PR ploy, or praised it as proof that Amazon truly is sympathetic to […]

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Backing the Wrong Horse: Why choosing sides in the Amazon—Hachette feud is a moron’s choice for writers.

Backing the Wrong Horse: Why choosing sides in the Amazon—Hachette feud is a moron’s choice for writers.

Let me state at the outset that the following is likely to outrage writers and publishers. Those who deign to comment will dismiss me as being ignorant or mistaken or secretly in agreement with the “other side.” I want to be clear: the “side” I’m taking in this discussion is mine and mine alone. I’m […]

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Book Review: How Jesus Became God by Bart D. Ehrman

Book Review: How Jesus Became God by Bart D. Ehrman

I just finished reading Bart D. Ehrman’s latest book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Ehrman is a historian of early Christianity and does not approach his subject matter from a religious or theological angle. He is a self-described agnostic who began his career as a born-again Christian. Because […]

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Why Diversity in Star Wars Makes Good Story Sense

Why Diversity in Star Wars Makes Good Story Sense

Casting news about the new Star Wars® film has created lots of controversy because of a lack of diversity among the cast. Many folks have been eloquent in expressing their disappointment and brilliant in their use of statistics to show why the cast should be more diverse. I agree with them, but for a different […]

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