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Unsolicited Advice?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Yang-May Ooi Apr 9, 2007.

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About Me:
I write enjoy travelling, languages, and good food. I've sold some shorter stuff to markets such as F&SF and The Atlantic, and am hoping to shortly sell my first novel, a thriller called The Righteous. I am represented by Kim Whalen at Trident Media Group.
Books And Authors I Like:
Stephen King, Matthew Pearl, Umberto Eco, Lisa Gardner, David Farland, George RR Martin, Carl Hiaasen. I love stuff with interesting settings and read in a variety of genres.

Michael Carr's Blog

Annual Writing Retreat

If you're an aspiring writer, let me recommend attending a

retreat/workshop. You might consider something like Clarion or Viable

Paradise, but even better would be something you can attend on an

annual basis. I go to a weeklong workshop every summer with 5-8 other

writers at Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands.

For one week

every year I am able to leave my other responsibilities behind--father,

husband, innkeeper--and focus 100% on being a writer. I… Continue

Posted on July 13, 2007 at 12:29am

The Bozo Tax

Just as it is foolish to gauge the general fitness level of Americans

by walking the aisles of Walmart, so it would be wise not to make

assumptions about the intelligence of flatlanders based on their

behavior when they come north. So whenever I want to shake my head at

someone’s foolish behavior, I’m reminded that it is usually another,

more intelligent guest at the inn who points it out to me.


there is no denying the ability of one person to create… Continue

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 7:08am

Using My Imagination

I've mentioned before that some of my best idea gathering comes when

I'm walking around the beaver pond, taking a shower, or lying in bed

before falling asleep. This is when I come up with snippets of dialogue

or interesting plot developments.

The other thing I do during these times (and used to do during boring

work meetings or when listening to an especially boring professor) is

wander into imaginary places in my own life. I imagine myself in… Continue

Posted on May 28, 2007 at 4:48am

A Sense of Place

I'm just finishing my Carl Hiaasen book and one thing that is top-shelf

about his novels is the sense of place he brings to the story. I've

only been to Florida twice, both times to Disneyworld, yet after

reading one of his novels feel like I really know Florida. An illusion, of course, but it's one I happily enjoy.

While I have stated before that I need a good plot and characters to

keep me interested in a… Continue

Posted on April 2, 2007 at 1:31am

Least Favorite Plot Device Ever

I understand why people use snakes in books and movies. They elicit a

primal fear learned from our ancestors and their ancestors before. You

don't have to walk upright and use tools to know better than to pick up

strange slithering things. Still, can you at least get the science


Movies are the worst. The anaconda, normally a creeping

thing that almost never emerges from the water in its adult form,

becomes a lightning-fast hunter. Boas and… Continue

Posted on April 2, 2007 at 1:17am — 2 Comments

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At 12:08am on August 28, 2007, Howard Sherman said…
Sorry for the late response. :) The picture of me you were asking about was taken in Tolum, Mexico at an ancient Mayan city while I was conducting primary research on Azteca.
At 9:58pm on March 30, 2007, Michael Carr said…
I like both of those other houses better, and the history of Chenanceau is so rich and interesting. But the gardens here and the setting with the village just over the wall, combined with the perfect weather that day, made this one my favorite overall. I don't know, I might have to go back just to be sure. :)
At 4:51pm on March 30, 2007, Dave Bara said…
Vilandry was beautiful, but I have to say my favorites are still Cheverny and Chenanceau.

At 7:19am on March 30, 2007, Michael Carr said…
Dave, mais oui! I was studying French in Tours last October and rode my bike out to Villandry one day. We were having fantastic weather for late October and the gardens were tres magnifique.

I'm going back to France (Provence this time) in three weeks, so I thought it was a good picture to put up, even if the lighting in this picture is wretched.
At 6:19am on March 30, 2007, Dave Bara said…
Hey, is that Vilandry you're at in your profile picture?
At 12:23am on March 30, 2007, Michael Carr said…
Thanks, Lisa, and thanks for the friendship invite. The Righteous is a thriller set in a polygamist cult. I've had great feedback so far and look foward to taking that next step.
At 8:01am on March 29, 2007, Karen Dionne said…
Ah! Sounds promising. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
At 6:17am on March 28, 2007, Michael Carr said…
Thanks, Karen! Book isn't on submission yet, but my agent said she's sending "some final thoughts" by the end of the week in preparation for submission, so hopefully it will be soon.
At 1:05am on March 28, 2007, Karen Dionne said…
Hi, Michael! Nice to see you here. How are your submissions going?

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