Slacker’s Syndrome

And how a Slacker can write a first draft in forty days. The last few posts demonstrate part of the aforementioned syndrome. Reblogs and reposts. Such is life. There are always times when it gets a bit much. Finding something new and fresh can be as painful as toothache. Truly. In the last two weeks, I … Continue reading Slacker’s Syndrome


Broken Things

Going through the glad-bag – and found … something.

Cage Dunn: Writer, Author, Teller-of-tall-tales

There are rules for everything – everything – everything! I can’t abide so many rules for so many things. I want to break some rules – I want to break out of the rules – I want to be free!


I can’t remember how many times I heard this (or similar) from my foster kids as they came to know my house and its rules. It didn’t take long, really, for them to learn that all those rules they railed against were a form of protection – but flexible, and useful, and enlightening.

The first thing they learn is the three unbreakable rules (I’m not going to say what they were because they belonged to us; needless to say, these three rules were inflexible), and that every rule on the list below those three could be manipulated – if the argument for doing so was good enough. And by argument…

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Indie Publishing According to Walt Whitman

As backup to the previous post, and to see the cyclic nature of …

Past the Isle of Dogs

Prior to the 1830s and 40s, when the cylinder press, the steam press and other technological innovations caused revolutionary change in publishing, the business of printing books and newspapers in America was often a one-person enterprise, with a single individual doing or directly managing all the tasks (writer, editor, printer, distributor, etc.) now departmentalized or outsourced in modern publishing.

The poet Walt Whitman got his start apprenticing at some of these small publishing outfits (such as the offices that printed the Long Island Patriot) just prior to the revolution; he continued through his life to believe that his role as author ideally included the other jobs required for manufacturing and selling a printed product.


Walt Whitman: Indie Writer

Whitman’s stance toward authorial control and the historical context from which it arose is explicated in David S. Reynolds’s superb, engaging Walt Whitman’s America:

‘”My theory is that the author…

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As Then, So It Is Now …

The following excerpt comes from an article I found while rummaging (uh, researching) within the wilderness of the Gutenberg Project. THE WRITER: A MONTHLY MAGAZINE TO INTEREST AND HELP ALL LITERARY WORKERS. VOL. VI. BOSTON, APRIL, 1892. No. 4. Copyright, 1892, by William H. Hills. All rights reserved.   DO THE BEST WRITERS WRITE? A … Continue reading As Then, So It Is Now …

The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring D. Wallace Peach

An inspiration, for readers and writers, everyone who loves story

Author Don Massenzio

It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.

I am honored to continue this series with Oregon author, artist D. Wallace Peach

You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.

If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at

Now, please enjoy this interview with D. Wallace Peach:

book photo low low resDo you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Well, I hope that these are occasionally the same thing! As a reader, I’m often looking for originality, and I think that may be the norm for fans of speculative fiction. Unlike some genres where certain tropes define the form, speculative fiction is incredibly broad, and there’s no…

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