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Browsing Archive: March, 2011

Murder in 140 characters

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, March 30, 2011,
I don't tweet.  I love to blog; I tolerate facebook; I draw the line when it comes to twitter.  But I'm sure that many of you have active twitter accounts, so I figured I'd pass this one along.  I received an email from my friends at Magna cum Murder.  Apparently one of their interns, a student at Ball State University, has "decided to craft a murder mystery that will take place entirely through a real time twitter feed."

In classic mystery fashion, seven characters go to dinner at a ma...
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Time is on my side, yes it is

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, March 22, 2011,
Yesterday, at Mike Manno's blog, Mike asked me about spare time and I said "In my spare time, I drink scotch and complain that I don't have time to write."  No one has spare time these days.  We are all far too busy for that.  But every now and then life conspires to give us time.  Yesterday, was one of those days.

I found myself in need of a quick trip to Washington DC yesterday.  An errand of sorts.  A conversation.  But it's nearly 400 miles round-trip to run that errand, to have tha...
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Shades of Death

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, March 14, 2011,
Once upon a time, I had a chance to listen to best-selling author Anne Perry talk about research.  She said, and I'm paraphrasing here, If you're writing a story set in a sewer, you can do your research on the internet, but if you're writing a story set in Venice, you can fly to Italy and claim it on your taxes as a business expense.

So I've been looking for a location somewhere in the northwest corner of New Jersey to use as the setting for a certain short story.  In this context, I'm ...
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God made man because He loves stories

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, March 4, 2011,
When I need a good quote about writing (or, for that matter, about religion) I often turn to "God made man because he loves stories."    It's from a Hasidic parable that Elie Wiesel recounts as a preface of sorts to his book, The Gates of the Forest.  I posted the parable once before, nearly two years ago, but blog years are even longer than dog years, so I figure there's only a few of you who've seen this.   

When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem-Tov saw misfortune threatening the ...


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Hippies-turned-stockbrokers

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, March 3, 2011,
When my short story, The Sound Bite, was first published by woman's corner magazine (when was that anyway?  2006?), the editors wrote the following, by way of introduction -

Author Jeff Markowitz writes, "I've always wanted to write a story about the early 70s, about the blending of anti-war politics, eastern spirituality, sex, drugs and music that we once called the counter-culture and about the underlying innocence of those turbulent years."
 
Indeed, for those of us who experienced tho...

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Writing Matters

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, March 3, 2011,
Here's an announcement from the Watchung Booksellers website about the upcoming Writing Matters panel, March 25 in Montclair, NJ.  If you're in the area, I hope you'll come by and join the conversation. 

OUR TWO PART WRITING MATTERS PANEL CONCLUDES WITH:

GENRE VERSUS LITERARY FICTION:
MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE OR FALSE DISTINCTION?

In January over sixty Writing Matters guests joined a panel of novelists
to discuss the question of what makes a novel literary...or not.

Now, we flip flop th...

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