Morgan St. James's Blog – January 2011 Archive (15)

Writers Tricks of the Trade adds a new feature

A discussion board has just been added to my Writers Tricks of the Trade columns in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas editions of Examiner.com.

 

The column will run in both cities on the same day--Thursday, and every column will feature a link to the discussion…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 29, 2011 at 5:37am — No Comments

A WRITER'S LIFE IS LIKE A JIGSAW PUZZLE - SOMETIMES THE PIECES DON'T FIT

LINK TO TODAY'S WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE: http://exm.nr/JforJigsaw

 We have to make the pieces of our life fit as well as the pieces of our story or articles. When the tab just doesn't seem to be quite right, it's time to regroup, or make a slight adjustment. If we were…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 28, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

SOMETIMES IT PAYS TO JUST SURF THE WEB

ARTICLE LINK: http://exm.nr/bloc-LA

 

Sometimes it pays to do generic searches. I wasn’t aware of Writers Bloc, but when it came up in a search for Los Angeles Writers I liked it enough to Spotlight it. Check out this interesting non-profit organization and some of the upcoming programs.

 

 MORGAN ST. JAMES

Las Vegas and Los Angeles Writing Examiner - www.examiner.com

VP…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 27, 2011 at 5:51am — No Comments

Spotlight on my alter ego

LINK: http://exm.nr/Arliss-LA

 

Okay, it had to happen one of these days. I Spotlight authors in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and since I have a foot in both cities, today I decided to interview my alter ego, Arliss Adams, in the Las Vegas Spotlight.

 

There are many pros and cons to writing under a pen name, and…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 26, 2011 at 8:05am — No Comments

R IS FOR REJECTION - TODAY'S L.A. WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE

LINK: http://exm.nr/writers-rejection

 

Unfortunately, as writers most of us know what receving that…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 22, 2011 at 7:05am — No Comments

K IS FOR "KEEP WRITING" - WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE

LINK TO TODAY'S COLUMN - http://exm.nr/KforKeepWriting

 

As writers, we all say that we will keep writing. Oh yeah, write every day. Some of us do and some of us don't. I decided this would make a great topic for my column today in the Las Vegas edition of Examiner.com. Those of you…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 21, 2011 at 9:02am — 2 Comments

Maralys Wills to speak at Greater Los Angeles Writers Society on Jan 22

LINK: http://exm.nr/maralys

AUTHOR MARALYS WILLS 

Today's Los Angeles edition examiner.com Spotlight is on author, speaker, educator Maralys Wills who will be the guest…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 20, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Vintage Vegas - back in the mob days

Well, this isn't exactly about mystery or crime, but my column in today's Las Vegas edition of Examiner.com, Spotlight: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown: Learning from Las Vegas, features a really fun vintage Vegas video that I thought you might enjoy.…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 19, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE - TODAY'S COLUMN - B IS FOR BALANCE

 

LINK: http://exm.nr/BforBalance

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 15, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

WHEN ENTHUSIASM IS IN HIGH GEAR, IT'S HARD TO TAKE YOUR TIME

TODAY'S WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE - LAS VEGAS EDITION WWW.EXAMINER.COM

 

LINK: http://exm.nr/time-LV

One of the hardest things to do is discipline…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 14, 2011 at 4:20am — No Comments

The Grim Book Reaper Strikes Again!

LINK: http://exm.nr/mysterybookstore

 

Sadly, we are losing another favorite bookstore in Los Angeles. After…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 13, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

  While surfing the web I discovered a book called “How to have an affair and not get caught.” What could be more perfect for a Spotlight commentary from Las Vegas on 1-11-11. After all, “What happen…

 

While surfing the web I discovered a book called “How to have an affair and not get caught.” What could be more perfect for a Spotlight commentary from Las Vegas on 1-11-11. After all, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” I tried to post it at 11:11pm but wasn’t finished in time.

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 11, 2011 at 5:58pm — No Comments

MY COMMENTARY ON YESTERDAY'S TRAGEDY IN ARIZONA

LINK TO TODAY'S COLUMN IN EXAMINER.COM   Thriller vs Reality?

 

Today I was compelled to write an article in my Examiner column about the senseless shooting in Arizona yesterday. I don't usually write this type of commentary--at least not under my real name. I've written some outspoken opinions in comments sections of other sites under a pen name, but that's another story.

 

This is something that has been…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 10, 2011 at 5:07am — 2 Comments

Location, Location, Location - when writers get it wrong

http://exm.nr/location-LA

 

This is the link to today's Writers Tricks of the trade in the Los Angeles edition of www.examiner.com. Have you ever read a book set in a location you knew well, only to discover that the author didn’t? Wrong details or atmosphere can be very offsetting to the reader. …

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 8, 2011 at 6:42am — No Comments

TODAY'S WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE - HUMOR IN TRUE CRIME

The Tuesday kickoff presentation of Mob Month at Clark County Library in Las Vegas proved that sometimes there is definitely humor in true crime. Read the funny situations related by the panelists consisting of Robert Allen (Mob Tour Las Vegas), Dennis Arnoldy (Former FBI case agent), Dennis Griffin (True crime author) and Andrew DiDonato (former Gambino crime family member.)…

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Added by Morgan St. James on January 7, 2011 at 8:29am — No Comments

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