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BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD is a short story collection about misplaced or displaced people. At home and abroad, solitary travelers embark on journeys that take them where they never expected to go. A woman in Istanbul hooks up with a Kurdish rug dealer and learns a lesson about family life. A visitor to California—the […]
MacDonald applies insight, power, and delicacy to create characters between whom the psychic space virtually sizzles.–Kristine Morris
– Foreword Reviews
In her collection of twelve brilliantly-written short stories, MacDonald explores the pain and beauty of human relationships. MacDonald’s writing is raw and visceral, creating a strong emotional connection between her characters and the reader.
– US Review of Books
With elegant prose enlivened by shards of mean humor, MacDonald captures how hard it is to love or trust, at home or abroad.
– Kirkus Reviews
by Marylee MacDonald in Scoop.it
Matthew Desmond’s “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” wins nonfiction prize.
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Picture this: a bear has been hibernating all winter, sleeping a lot, eating everything within reach, and staying close to its den. March comes. The air warms. Flowers bloom. The bear wakes up, shakes itself off, looks around its cave, and realizes what a freaking mess it’s made. There are bones and food scraps stacked in the corners, loose bear fur clustered everywhere, piles of crap, and the whole place reeks.
Twist: this is a metaphor. Writers, you’re the bear. The cave is your computer. And the piles of crap? Well, those are your mangy old writing files scattered hither and yon.
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Now this is an article I wish I’d written! Apart from the writing itself, one of the biggest challenges I face as a writer is simply staying on top of the various drafts of novels, stories, and blog posts. While I’ve never lost anything permanently, I have spent too much time rooting around trying to find things.
Now that it’s spring, I feel inspired to clean up my hard drive. This article provides an A#1 system for doing that.
In my case it’s not just the fiction files that proliferate. It’s the marketing files and tips on how to effectively use social media. Not that I’m good at online networking. I’m completely insecure, and I keep downloading new stuff.
When Facebook and Twitter change picture sizes, I scramble around and look for new templates. When I see a marketing expert recommend a way to connect with readers, I can’t pass that up!
My “marketing and PR” folder balloons.
The only way I can keep the plates spinning is by staying organized, and this week I’m doing just that.
I hope you enjoy the article and that you feel inspired to tackle your own spring cleaning.
by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Who Need Readers
This week I’m featuring an interview with California author Kathleen Doler, whose debut novel, THE HOOK, has just come out. I hope you’ll share this author’s excitement about reaching this milestone. It’s a terrific book with a strong female protagonist facing challenges from her present and her past. Kathleen is celebrating the launch week of […]