No Fly Zone: A Threat To All Writers and Artists Online

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Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of writers, musicians, and artists have discovered a goldmine of new contacts and sales online. From iTunes to ebooks, as barrier after barrier for Internet commerce and social networking has continued to fall, many have found a following. Some have even moved on to fame and fortune, and better yet, the free flow of ideas and artistic creations has never been higher. Now all of this is under threat. But the culprit …

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Fiction Is Good For You

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I love it! Friend and fellow writer Charlotte Crystal forwarded  a great article from a recent boston.com that nicely summarizes ongoing research into the personal and societal benefits of reading fiction.  In a nutshell, as the novelist George Elliot so succinctly put it, one of the many purposes of fiction is “to enlarge men’s sympathies.” No matter what your perspective, empathy for others is almost always a good thing. In fact, as the piece points out, fiction often has a greater …

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Jerry West: Living Legend

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I wrote my first “book” in 8th grade English class. Bound between purple construction paper covers, it came complete with glossy paper photos cut and pasted from popular magazines. (This was before the personal computer when “cut and paste” was still a literal term.) The title of my literary masterpiece? Jerry West: The Eternal Quest. Jerry West, for those who may not be familiar, starred for many years in the NBA (He is the silhouetted player in the NBA logo) …

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Glide Does TV

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Andy and his Harris Hawk “Glide” are interviewed about the Virginia Festival of the Book.  

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