Victoria Dougherty's Blog – November 2013 Archive (3)

Ten Reasons Men Must Start Reading Fiction Again

According to recent statistics, men have all but stopped reading fiction. Do they watch great television? Yes. Do they read non-fiction? Some. But the novel – that great interior journey – seems to have been lost to them.

It wasn’t always this way.

The path from boyhood to manhood used to go something like this: Boys got dirty, played with plastic guns, disturbed…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 28, 2013 at 7:57am — 13 Comments

Happy Hour

A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in the Iron Writer Challenge in which 4 writers are asked to write a fictional short story in 4 days time and are given 4 elements to work with and a 500 word limit.  Readers then get to vote on which story they liked the best.

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t even know if I won or not and I’m not sure I care all that much.  I…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 12, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Dracula: The Gothic Pimp

Despite my almost unnatural love for the thriller – especially the spy thriller – my favorite novel of all time is actually Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  It is, in my humble opinion, the most highly original and genuinely terrifying story I have ever read.  Bram Stoker has brought into the public consciousness a character so confounding, erudite, and manly in the classical sense,…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 5, 2013 at 12:43am — No Comments

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