Hinton’s 1967 coming-of-age novel credited teenagers with a rich interior life

The Enduring Spell of ‘The Outsiders’: S. E. Hinton’s 1967 coming-of-age novel credited teenagers with a rich interior life.

Here, a tribute by Lena Dunham to the book that created young adult fiction as we know it today.

Writing of YA fiction — or any fiction — take note.


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The Coming Switch From Createspace to KDP Print

Good info here on Amazon’s coming transition from CreateSpace to KDP Print . . . it could get ugly.

David Gaughran advises do it sooner than later . . .

How To Switch From Createspace to KDP Print


via @DavidGaughran


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New Series Entry: Parallel Justice by Susan Herman and more

New Series on dealing with violent loss from Connie Saindon, founder of Survivors of Violent Loss: Parallel Justice by Susan Herman, Poem: I will cry again…, and How to Survive a School Shooting . . .

Survivors of Violent Loss

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New Series entries:  Parallel Justice by Susan Herman, Poem-I will cry again…, How to Survive a School Shooting

Murder Survivors Handbook has been well received across the country and won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best in Self Help by Independent Book Publishers. A great deal of reading, interviewing, collecting stories and viewing took place to gather information for this book. My premise was that none of us knows it all.  While it would be impossible to capture everything for such a resource book, I was content to give enough variance and links, so each reader would feel less alone and have more information for their new and treacherous journey.

I plan to introduce one of these sources each month.  I will select them in no order but as they come to me.  Each resource is of equal importance as is each homicide. The second in this series…

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The War on Apostrophe

O, the much-embattled apostrophe, whose legacy is under fire in the English language, now faces an even greater, if not farcical, fight in Kazakhstan as folks become apoplectic. Is this apocalyptic? Or merely apocryphal?

“Linguists . . . protested that the president’s approach would be ugly and imprecise.

“Others complained the use of apostrophes will make it impossible to do Google searches for many Kazakh words or to create hashtags on Twitter.”

O, the horror.

Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes


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Holiday Coping Tips

Survivors of Violent Loss

Tips for Handling the Holidays after a Loved One has Died

Don’t be surprised at the power of unexpected pangs of grief, also knows as SUGS (Sudden upsurges of Grief).  Recognize that it is not unusual to re-experience waves of intense sadness.  Find places to have quiet times until these pass.  Keep yourself safe while reducing your expectations. This is not a normal event.  These reactions are NORMAL.

Arrange to be with others who have gone through a similar loss.  Set up times to be with family and friends.  Know that the first year can often be the most difficult. Being with others who know some of what you are going through reduces the need to explain.  You and other co-victims are there to listen to one another.  Limit your contact with difficult people. Don’t let anyone try to convince you that avoidance is bad.

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Larry Edwards Joins Editors Panel at Memoir Writers Event

Larry EdwardsFreelance editor Larry Edwards, of Polishing Your Prose, will join a panel of editors at an event sponsored by the San Diego Memoir Writers Association.

The event, The Who, What, Why, When and How of Working with an Editor, is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at

San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd.
Barracks 16, Suite 202 & 204
San Diego, CA 92106

Learn more . . . Larry Edwards Joins Editors Panel at Memoir Writers Association Event, Nov. 4

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News you can use… October 4, 2017

Trigger Warning . . . Violent Loss/Death

Good thoughts. I had a similar “trigger” experience recently while attending “Hamlet” at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. I hadn’t seen the play since before my parents were killed. But with having experienced the trauma of the violent deaths of my parents, the play, its theme, and its message took on much greater depth and meaning.

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These news items are being posted on the heels of the worst shooting incident in our country.  This first entry is from  Marina; who is one of the Survivor Writers, in Murder Survivors Handbook and The Journey-learning to live with violent death.  She tells of one example of being triggered, an experience that many of you who have worked or lived with violent death experience in an out of your lives. With this latest incident in Las Vegas, we are adding hundreds who will be triggered in the future as well.

Trigger Warning

This year my husband and I encountered a very problematic situation which took a profound toll on our mental and physical well-being.  We rented a vacation house in the desert in an attempt to restore our peace of mind.  I was on edge when we arrived, so I took a stroll into the spacious back…

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