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The Race For Paris – Author Interview

January 27, 2016

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 Meg Waite ClaytonNew books, cool authors.

Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris hit the San Francisco Chronicle/NCIBA bestseller list in its 1st week out. Very cool of course, but considering she spent ten years researching and writing this almost non-fiction novel, the success is well deserved.

I did a tremendous amount of research on real journalists like Lee Miller, who reported and photographed for Vogue, Martha Gellhorn, Lee Carson, and Sonia Tomara, the great photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White (who never was accredited to Normandy, as she was seen as too temperamental), and Dickey Chappelle, who photographed in the Pacific.

I chose to draw on their real lives but fictionalize them, as that allowed me to gather a wide range of experiences and load them into a couple characters, whichRead More

He Said, She Heard, no one is really listening. POV

December 2, 2015

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CameraWhat is POV?

Point of view is the relative identification of the narrator with the character. Point of view is the story as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It is one of the easiest ways to tell a story. But even with a simple explanation like that, we can still get it wrong.

We are reasonably intelligent, even talented people. Why the confusion?

Film and Video games.   Hell on POV

Film gives you the long shot, shows other people that the main character cannot possibly know or see. Film gives you zooming perspectives and close-ups. Film mixes it up. Film shows us who and what is around the corner. Film gives us the character motivation visually. We are used to knowing everything.

Video games are even better at violating POV.

You already know the cast of characters and theirRead More

Episode 185- “We’re Creatively Institutionalised!”

September 10, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Alexandra Kostoulas


SF Creative Writing Institute




How do you start such a cool thing?

What is your background?

What are your books?

San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. We are a consortium of teachers and classes who have been hand curated to provide excellent instruction in storytelling, poetry, fiction, memoir, blogging, and more. 

All of our instructors are vetted, have taught at the college or graduate level, have a Master’s degree or MFA in their field of study and/or equivalent professional expertise. In addition to being published writers, and working editors, we areRead More

Episode 181 – “Embrace The Elephant!

July 30, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Our guest is writer Lori Beninger

Website:  http://www.ontrackpublishing.com/

Her book is Embracing the Elephant

“…historically evocative…” – Publishers Weekly

“…a journey worth taking…” – ForeWord Reviews

“Beninger’s skillful use of language pulls you into the story and makes the scenes come alive” – The Historical Novel Society

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful novel about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age – at the California Gold Rush. It is a tale of fierce determination, resilience, discovery, and hope.

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful story about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age. It is a tale of fierce determination,Read More

If We Can’t # is it Worth Saying?

July 29, 2015

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Expressing your thoughts in original language is quite challenging.  Consider what you say and how much of what you say consists of references and descriptions not your own.  We often express ourselves through not only cliches but through catch phrases brought to us courtesy of television, advertising, memes, films and internet short hand.#cop

Consider how we incorporate LOL, hashtags, smiley faces into our actual conversation.  “Gee Greg #youlookgreat.”

“Thanks Cindy, #hopetogetsometonight, you look lovely too.”

My mother is fond of quoting a saying she learned in Greece.  Is problem.

We have shared cultural references that not only make communication smoother, but also quickly establishes our cultural credentials.  A reference to past artists, shows, events, history can quicklyRead More