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"The Republicans and the Democrats let us all down. The only time they get off their asses is to attack each other. Witness Tom DeLay. I mean, that’s what they do. And that’s why, Mike, you live in a state with a majority of nonwhite, Democratic-leaning people, and the Democrats can’t get to first base in Texas."
"When I first started writing I hated that, I hated that attention. I was rude and unpleasant and uncooperative. And just didn't like doing it. But, there's no getting away from it. It is now part of the writing job. Publishers and media people have made writers into, kind of, star things. Which is too bad. If I had my druthers, and usually I do have my druthers, on this at least, just to live a private life and get on with the writing. Not have to trot around and gibber."
Chances are, you or someone in your holiday gift-giving periphery is a total perv, so it’s just your luck that San Francisco’s Greenery Press offers a selection of titles capable of satisfying even the perviest names on your “naughty” checklist.
"I had a spurt of literary activity in the late seventies that convinced me writing was what I wanted to do. Wrote about a dozen short stories and my first novel during that time. Couldn't sell any of it. Took another decade off before I found my muse around 1990 and have been plugging away ever since. My standing joke has been that if Imprint is successful, I will become the geriatric poster boy for better-late-than-never success stories."
Geoffrey H. Goodwin
"Male adventure stories represent “the trend in non-fiction writing -- apart from autobiographies -- for roughly the past decade.” No into-thin-air or perfect-storm chroniclers on the women’s side, though: the female extreme-adventure tale (fictional or nonfictional) is “light on feats of derring-do and braggadocio, heavy on anxious waiting and endurance.” In situations ranging from assorted pregnancy issues to abusive relationships and “fatiguing caregiving,” women’s “physical ordeals are augmented or even outweighed by heavy emotional burdens.”
Barbara J. King
“I think the cliché that says ‘write what you know’ should be modified,” he says, “to ‘write what fascinates you’. We all know what it’s like to be stuck in traffic, and that doesn’t necessarily make for great literature. If you write about something that gets richer and more fascinating the closer you look at it, maybe you’ve found material that will be worth the sweat.”