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60s Rock and Roll is alive and well at V2 Theater in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

I wanted share one of my columns in today’s Las Vegas edition of Examiner.com with you. This one isn’t really about writing. It’s about rock and roll. 

You see, 60s Rock is alive and well in Las Vegas. I was invited to review and enjoy “Echoes of the 60s” at the V2 Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and took a step back in time.…

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 9, 2011 at 4:10am — No Comments

Writers tricks of the trade: P is for Pacing - Part I - Speeding things up

The pace of a story is critical. It can keep the reader engaged or turn them off. Imagine pace as though you were driving a car. Part I deals with speeding things up.

http://exm.nr/fkqMXI 

Remember, writers should…

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 8, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

AN INTERVIEW WITH GARY PHILLIPS FOR NOIR GRAPHIC NOVEL FANS

Hey all you graphic novel noir fans -- today's L.A. Examiner.com Spotlight is on the amazing author Gary Phillips. His illustrations say it all. Check out: http://exm.nr/GaryPhillips

Added by Morgan St. James on April 7, 2011 at 4:45am — No Comments

Writers tricks of the trade: R is for Rewrite

Today's Writer tricks of the trade in the Los Angeles edition of examiner.com is about rewrites.

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 2, 2011 at 4:23am — No Comments

A BAD REVIEW DOES NOT HAVE TO EQUAL A MELTDOWN

No author is thrilled to receive a bad review, and I’m no exception. Yes, I’ve occasionally gotten them, but a bad review doesn’t have to equal a meltdown. Read today’s Writers Tricks of the Trade in the Las Vegas edition of examiner.com.  LINK:…

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 1, 2011 at 8:13am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON CHRISTA FAUST

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

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 31, 2011 at 5:31am — No Comments

TODAY'S SPOTLIGHT: FEDERAL AND STATE CUTS TO LITERACY PROGRAMS



As most of you know, my columns about writing and the writing community appear twice a week in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas editions of examiner.com.

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 30, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

USING DREAM AND DELAY SEQUENCES WHEN WRITING FICTION

Todays Writers Tricks of the Trade in the Los Angeles edition of Examiner.com is the second part of a three part series: CHOICES.

 

When used properly, dreams and delays can move a story along while keeping the…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 26, 2011 at 5:06am — No Comments

Today's Writers: Tricks of the trade - A beautifully turned phrase vs. page turner



Today’s Writers: Tricks of the trade column discusses the merits of spending hours, days and even months to craft that perfect phrase or sentence, while the novel languishes on the back burner. Lots of good advice in this one.…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 25, 2011 at 5:02am — No Comments

"Writing For The Thrill Of It or It's Murder They Wrote"

 

Last week author, actor, journalist Michael Mallory was in the Spotlight. Today it’s author/potter M. M. Gornell. They will both be panelists participating in “Writing For The Thrill Of It or It’s Murder They Wrote” on…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 24, 2011 at 4:47am — 1 Comment

A pair of articles in today's L.A. edition of examiner.com

Wow. I was prolific today, but couldn't resist responding to a press release sent to me by award-winning author and poet Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Are you an artist or photographer? Carolyn and her co-author Magdalena Ball are holding a cover art contest for their upcoming chapbook entitled Deeper Into the Pond: A Celebration of Femininity.  It is the fifth in a…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 19, 2011 at 4:28am — No Comments

L. A. EXAMINER.COM SPOTLIGHT ON MYSTERY WRITER, ACTOR, JOURNALIST MICHAEL MALLORY

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

Today my Spotlight is on a man of many talents. Michael has had a varied career including so many things it makes my head spin, and I'm a busy gal.…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 17, 2011 at 3:42am — No Comments

L. A. EXAMINER.COM SPOTLIGHT ON MYSTERY WRITER, ACTOR, JOURNALIST MICHAEL MALLORY

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

Today my Spotlight is on a man of many talents. Michael has had a varied career including so many things it makes my head spin, and I'm a busy gal.…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 17, 2011 at 3:41am — No Comments

TODAY'S EXAMINER SPOTLIGHT - DONALD RIGGIO, AUTHOR OF SEVEN-INCH VINYL

It's not a mystery or a crime, but during the 1950s some parents thought rock and roll was criminal. Used to the lovey dovey tunes of the 40s and early 50s, all of a sudden there were these wild-sounding, hip-swiveling acts and parents were really worried that rock and roll would corrupt their youth.

Donald Riggio traces the history of rock and roll from it's R&B…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 9, 2011 at 5:40am — 1 Comment

TODAY'S EXAMINER COLUMN CREDITS SCREENWRITER'S FOR THE POPULARITY OF TWO AND A HALF MEN

Today I was compelled to write about the nonsense surrounding the Charlie Sheen circus. Two and a Half Men, while not a mystery, is the product of very clever screenwriters and production staff, now out of work because of one man's ego.

Read what I had to say about it today and watch the funny video, "A World Without Writers." Comments right in the box at the end of the column…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 2, 2011 at 5:31am — No Comments

WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE: R IS FOR REWRITE

Today in the Las Vegas edition of Examiner.com, I cover another “R” – Rewrite. This could save you from the dreaded “R” – Rejection. While you’re at it, evaluate whether there are things in your life that could stand a rewrite. After all, we only go around once so it should be the best we can make it!

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Added by Morgan St. James on February 25, 2011 at 7:50am — No Comments

Spotlight: Sunny Frazier writes open letter to Borders

Could Borders have possibly avoided or softened the disasterous condition they now occupy?

 

Today Sunny Frazier, author and acquisition editor for Oak Tree Books weighed in on the subject with an 
Open Letter to Borders that didn’t pull any punches. 
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Added by Morgan St. James on February 23, 2011 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE- THE POWER OF THE PRESS

Are you getting the most out of your press releases? Harness the "power of the press" and get the word out.

 LINK TO TODAY'S WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE:…

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Added by Morgan St. James on February 18, 2011 at 5:28am — No Comments

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