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2010-08-19T20:54:44.702+01:00

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hi people wow i didn't notice it... i think t...

2010-07-04T00:15:30.524+01:00

hi people
wow i didn't notice it...

i think this spot is so interesting!






This is cool..

2010-06-19T15:34:42.762+01:00

This is cool..






thanks for the tip re the rapsheet. found you via ...

2007-06-05T04:14:00.000+01:00

thanks for the tip re the rapsheet. found you via the last vogages of dick headley






That makes me #9.Swiftly followed by #10 here (who...

2007-06-02T18:44:00.000+01:00

That makes me #9.

Swiftly followed by #10 here (who actually smiled, in a strained, po-faced sort of manner!)



I still remember a sense of betrayal on realizing ...

2007-06-02T10:21:00.000+01:00

I still remember a sense of betrayal on realizing that all the post-1964 Saint books were ghosted (although Leslie Charteris would go through the MSS and insert some characteristic phrases). One of them, Vendetta for the Saint, turned out to be by Harry Harrison, whom I knew for his science fiction. Then I discovered that various other SF authors had written Ellery Queen detective novels as work-for-hire....

My secret font shame is that I still compose in an ancient WordPerfect for DOS. No tiresome font decisions to make in this zone of perpetual uncoolness!



Michener's mancufacturing techniques weren't much ...

2007-06-01T16:31:00.000+01:00

Michener's mancufacturing techniques weren't much of a secret. Also it's easy to tell the master's hand (he was a very, very good writer, e.g. Fires of Spring). The people he got to work for him, I suspect, were an uneven lot. Some of the stuff in Chesapeake sounds like it should have a clear plastic cover on it and get an 'A'.



So I am one of those eight people who missed it.Th...

2007-05-31T19:34:00.000+01:00

So I am one of those eight people who missed it.

That makes me #9.

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I've always suspected that the assembly line write...

2007-05-31T19:19:00.000+01:00

I've always suspected that the assembly line writers like Clancy and Brown (and Michener) have had not just a helper or two, but entire staffs trained in their style turning out formula dialogue for them. Long as it sells, who cares?



You are so right on about fonts, and about setting...

2007-05-31T17:28:00.000+01:00

You are so right on about fonts, and about setting up the page as closely to the book as possible. I think that's some of the best advice I've heard lately.

My usual font for writing (in Word) is Palatino. My blogs are set in sans-serif such as Arial, because of the research that's shown sans-serifs are supposed to be easier to read onscreen. I generally find that to be true.

Still, I'll always Palatino for writing (or maybe Weiss).



as a newbie to the world of writing, I'm shocked -...

2007-05-31T17:25:00.000+01:00

as a newbie to the world of writing, I'm shocked -about this 'ghostwriting' business re Michener; but not surprised. I think I might have attempted to read one of those novels three decades ago. I feel the same as when I found out that Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi and countless other sculptors have on ocsasion handed a barely legible thumbnail sketch inked onto their favourite trtattoria napkin to their team of artisans to 'work out the details'. Ah, of course! I mutter as the penny drops. The myth of the great artist is debunked. I'm not talking about the quality but the quantity.
Thanks Grumpy (I feel like snow white)