Donald Rumsfeld, The King’s Speech, Aquatic Ancestor Apes & Talking Bacteria

Donald Rumsfeld I just finished Known and Unknown, a fat memoir by Donald Rumsfeld, and enjoyed every page.  Rumsfeld served as the Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush.  But Rumsfeld’s service didn’t start there. He was a Navy pilot, an assistant to a congressman during the Eisenhower days, and, in the early 60’s, a

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Authors love women

Two fascinating articles on who drives books sales. Would love to see original reports. September, 2010 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2012801171_litlife06.html I arrived back at work, along with 2,000 e-mails and about that many incoming books, I got a report from Bowker, a global firm that tracks people’s book-buying habits. Here are some of the more interesting bits from

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Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover & Brown Cow Yogurt

Wear some financial underpants I graduated from BYU with a Master’s degree in accounting. BYU’s accounting program is regularly ranked as one of the top three schools in the nation. Whoa. Go, John. I ought to be some kind of financial superstar, right? You’d think I would have come out of that program with all

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Since when did young adult fiction become the cure for cancer?

Meghan Cox Gurdon wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Stree Journal called “Darkness Too Visible” in which she complained that it was hard to find young adult fiction these days that isn’t filled with coarse, dark material–profanity, pederasty, mutilation, etc. She claims that “contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and

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Writing Update: 6/13/11 – reviewing the beginning

I’ve finished chapter 17 of CURSE. I’m up to 50,000 words and have moved from the presentation phase into the struggle. And I’m stopping at this point to review the what I’ve got. I’ve learned that if the foundations of the story–the presentation phase–has fundamental flaws in it, you’re only going to create a HUGE

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