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Save That Bookstore and Write a Story…

February 21, 2014
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I recently contributed to a fund to help buy a book store. Even though it was thousands of miles away from where I live, I felt it was important to be proactive. Happily, the store was saved from closure by a local person, who has taken over the lease. The lure of ‘one stop’ shopping is hard to resist in a hurried life but once you experience a ‘local’ store and become a regular, you will see the benefits are wide ranging. There is a personal connection, something that is lost in a vast warehouse style mega store. The proprietor will remember you and may put aside books they feel will be of interest to you. There is time to chat and browse without rushing through a shopping list of multiple items.

This week saw a famous author use a large sum to assist small book stores and I think that is not just excellent on his part but also hopefully the spear head for others to follow. Thank you, James Patterson.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/business/media/james-patterson-giving-cash-to-bookstores.html?ref=booksandliterature&_r=o

Quotes: 

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.  H. G. Wells

To understand a literary style, consider what it omits.   Mason Cooley

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And now for the fun part: Write a short story about the little bookstore above or your local one.
 
Support your local bookstore. Keep these delightful realms of adventure from closure.

Are you Ready for Friday Fun and Literary News..?

January 24, 2014
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Happy Friday!

We’ve managed another week…how was yours? Did you accomplish what you wanted or are the last few projects/things to do  making it onto the top of next week’s list?

For many authors and writers the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award announcement is exciting and nerve racking at the same time.

Should I enter? Is my novel ready?  All submissions are a leap of faith and if nothing else good practice.

Are you entering? What is your genre? 

This is the seventh year of this competition – make it your year.

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http://www.amazon.com/Breakthrough-Novel-Award-Books/b?ie=UTF8&node=332264011

Fun Prompt:

You have a super power – what is it and how do you use it?

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