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“The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

Today’s release of The Year of Dan Palace is, as suggested in the post title, much more than a confirmation of a finished task. [But first: To celebrate – because this book in particular earned the celebration (reason below) – the Kindle edition will sell for $0.99 today only (Nov. 22), until midnight. The paperback … Read more

Isn’t commercialism part of the art of being an artist?

In one of the Birdman scenes I could easily watch many times, intimidating New York Times theater critic Tabitha Dickinson (played by Lindsay Duncan) argues that there is a difference between being an actor (what Keaton’s character Riggan Thomson wants to be) and being a celebrity (what Dickinson insists Riggan actually is). By extension, I … Read more

How much of art’s perceived inferiority or superiority is determined by method of release?

In the latest episode of The Flickcast, hosts Chris Ullrich and Joseph Dilworth Jr. are discussing the latest Star Wars movie when the conversation touches on the perceived value of independent art. Ullrich: I’m starting to worry that we’re going to be inundated with all these genre movies and people are going to get burned … Read more

Poet K.C. Hanson on his new book, the Marine Corps + the arts, and the difficulty of publishing poetry

Don’t know much about poetry. I studied it in high school and college the way most people do in high school and college, but I never developed the same feel for it that I did for fiction, whether reading or writing. I can make a rhyme, choose a good word here and there, and technically … Read more

What would you do if you heard the world was ending (and you believed it)?

Among the many things happening in The Year of Dan Palace, one is an incidental love double-helix.

Strand 1: Nina loves Dan loves April.
Strand 2: Andy loves Jenny wants Dan.

In a typical love triangle, each of the participants somehow knows the other two. In the case of Nina, Dan, April, Andy, and Jenny, this isn’t always the case.

Nina and April have never met.
Neither have Jenny and April.

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Interview with “Haunted” author Reggie Lutz

Reggie Lutz is one of those people whose feed you look forward to when scrolling absently through Facebook. Her updates are engaging and off the wall, and seemingly effortless in a social media world that I’ve learned requires a certain kind of savvy that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. She also writes beautifully – her … Read more

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