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Forget You're Reading This

My wife was skeptical when I showed her the Advance Reader Edition of my new novel,

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Feb. 9, 2016
Last comment by instagram followers, on Jun 21, 2016 at 10:42 am |
5 comments | 1550 Views

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Who is T.T. Monday? : The Story of a Novel, Part 3

In most lines of work, seniority counts for something. In major-league baseball, for instance, young players in their first few professional seasons have their salaries...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Feb. 24, 2014
Last comment by Lynne, on Mar 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm | 5 comments | 6016 Views

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What to do when half your book is dead

(continued from "A Pantser Brought to Heel") In an hour-long phone...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 19, 2016
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A Pantser Brought to Heel

A few weeks after my novel The Setup Man was published in March 2014, I got a call from my agent, who reported...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 13, 2016
Last comment by Nick Taylor, on Jan 19, 2016 at 11:07 am | 3 comments | 1157 Views

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Junipero Serra and the Gold Retirement Watch

Next week, during his visit to Washington, DC, Pope Francis

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 16, 2015
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Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball

Remember the pitcher Dock Ellis? I have always read a lot of baseball books, and lately I've been reading even more, trying to learn all I can about the...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 11, 2014
Last comment by Alex P, on Feb 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm | 4 comments | 4278 Views

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Clarifying the Process of Canonization

Thank you to all the readers who have commented on my...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 26, 2015
Last comment by Contrarian, on Feb 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm |
2 comments | 2893 Views

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The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin

If you've ever browsed the gift shop of a California state park, historical site, or museum, you've seen Malcolm Margolin's work. Books published...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 30, 2015
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Backlash Begins Following Serra Canonization Announcement

As expected, last week's announcement by Pope Francis that he intends to canonize the Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra later this year has drawn...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 20, 2015
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jan 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm | 14 comments | 2812 Views

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Pope Francis to Canonize Father Junpero Serra

Reuters,

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 15, 2015
Last comment by Jay Park, on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm |
9 comments | 3823 Views

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Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole

I love this time of year, not because of the holidays per se, but because I get to buy tons of books without feeling guilty about it. Over the next couple of weeks...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 8, 2014
There are no comments yet. 2654 Views

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Baseball and Books - What's the Connection?

I'm strange. Years ago this used to bother me, but ever since I got serious about writing, I stopped worrying about my incongruities. I'm oddly shaped....

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by Ron Kaplan, on Oct 28, 2014 at 7:48 am | 1 comment | 2176 Views

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It's Now a Series! Story of a Novel, Part 6

My first detective novel, The Setup Man, was published in March, and I've written a number of posts on this site about the publishing...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 8, 2014
Last comment by Phyllis Williams, on Oct 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm | 1 comment | 3169 Views

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Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang

Every year, the Steinbeck Fellows program at San Jose State honors three emerging writers with a ten-thousand-dollar stipend...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 29, 2014
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Vikram Chandra's "Geek Sublime" and 10/3 event at Kepler's

In July I wrote about the Bombay gangster novel ==I Sacred...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 21, 2014
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Dock Ellis "Dockumentary" Debuts This Week

Last month I wrote a piece about Dock Ellis, the former major-league pitcher...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 4, 2014
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Three Centuries of Humor Anthologies

I'm teaching a class in American humor writing this semester, and the first decision I had to make was where to start, chronologically. Most observers believe...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 31, 2014
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It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction

In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 28, 2014
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SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10

One of the highlights of my job as director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State is the annual

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Libby Parisi, on Aug 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
1 comment | 4418 Views

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Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III

Lucky is the fiction writer whose stories take 300 pages to tell. For the last twenty years at least, the fiction market has been mainly a market for novels. Agents...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 22, 2014
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm | 1 comment | 3203 Views
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