Tracy S. Morris

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Archive for November, 2010

Author Spotlight: Michael A. Ventrella, Author–Not That Guy On The World’s Biggest Loser (Part 1)

Author Michael A. Ventrella used to think he had an unusual name. Then a man named Michael Ventrella won a reality TV show contest entitled The World’s Biggest Loser. Now, when people see his books, they often ask if he is that Michael Ventrella. “Such is the price of fame,” Michael said.  But unlike his […]

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Author Spotlight: Michael A. Ventrella, Author–Not That Guy On The World’s Biggest Loser (Part 2)

This is the second part of an interview with author Michael A. Ventrella.  To read the first part, click here. What is about to come out? My strange Uncle Rupert. And it’s about time, too. I have a few projects in the fire. First is a short story about pirates and magic (Arrr!) which will […]

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Monday Musings: One more Shill

I’ve taken a break over the holidays from my computer. Partially because of some cold symptoms and partially because of some neck pain. I gave the neck a bit of time to rest and I feel better. If you sent me an E-mail prior to last Wednesday, I’ll do my best to answer it before […]

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Author Spotlight – John Gibbs. Author of Fur Face, not North Face Fur Coats

If you type in the search string "Fur Face" on Amazon, you will find a link to the novel Fur Face by John Gibbs, as well as a wide collection of North Face fur-lined jackets. Only one of these is a compelling read.   < This.  =/= Not This > An evil scientist with a […]

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Monday Musings: In which I Happily Shill for My Publishers This Christmas (A Small Press Link Salad)

Statistically speaking, about half of the small businesses that fail do so within the first year. 95 percent of them fail within the first 5 years. That sounds dismal, doesn’t it? I say that to say this: Christmas is coming, and if you know of a small press that is out there, consider giving books […]

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Adopt a (Yard) Dog!

A PSA brought to you by Yard Dog Press. With Christmas on the way, I want to make many of you aware of a horrible, hideous, no good, really bad plight that you may not be aware of. Yard Dog Press reports that each Christmas, hundreds of books go unread and unloved during the holidays: […]

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Stats for a TGIF

Feeling the after effects of running and thinking seriously of trying to find a more low-impact high-intensity exercise. There is nothing like a little discomfort to remind you that you are not getting any younger. Stories out: 5 Words: 600  I added another chuck to a story that I’m co-writing with a friend.

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Author Spotlight: Barbara A. Barnett: Zombies, Unicorns, Writing Groups and Fantasy Magazine(Part 1)

Today’s Author Spotlight is on Barbara A. Barnett. Barbara’s most recent work is the short story, “Mortis Persona,” which was published online through Fantasy Magazine yesterday. You can find Mortis Persona at http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/2010/11/mortis-persona/ Barbara also has short stories forthcoming in Black Static, Daily Science Fiction, and Aoife’s Kiss. Barbara said that her story for Black […]

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Author Spotlight: Barbara A. Barnett: Zombies, Unicorns, Writing Groups and Fantasy Magazine(Part 2)

This is part 2 of an interview with author Barbara A. Barnett, author of Mortis Persona, which was published yesterday online at Fantasy Magazine. Barbara discusses Fantasy Magazine, Mortis Persona and the musical and theatrical influences on her work in part 1 of the interview, which you can find here. Could you tell me more […]

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Monday Musing: Characterization using a Johari Window

This weekend I went to a local coffee house chain (They will make me a peanut butter cup mocha and Starbucks won’t) and ran into someone I knew in high school. I couldn’t remember this person’s name. When I sheepishly confessed this, they said: “That’s okay. I changed it to L____.” I didn’t know this […]

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