Tag: Hashes & Bashes

Plot or Plod: either way you market, it’s work

Let’s consider two words: Plot and Plod. Notice that I didn’t include their near-partner, Ploy, a word which has slimy connotation. To market effectively, it’s best to have a Plan. We all know the Goal – to sell books – but how we get there will differ.… ...

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I don’t say “hella”

PJ Colando | Hashes & Bashes

“I like reading your book, PJ. I’m getting to know your personality better,” she said as she paddled and kicked in water aerobics class.

I smiled as I paddled and kicked, too. Nice to receive a direct reader compliment. She’d honored my endeavor of writing a book – a year-and-a-half of my life – by buying it, and now she gave me more.… ...

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What’s in a name?

One of my friends’ favorite lines in HASHES & BASHES is this –

That girl’s name is Amy, a sequence of names in infamy, which is what she brought to all our lives.”

Referencing the conniving ex-daughter-in-law, Amy, who ended STASHES in the gray bar hotel and played no part of the HASHES & BASHES conflict.… ...

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A Book of Imaginary Friends

I never had imaginary friends as child.

Did you? If not, read this to understand: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_friend

But I read and read and read. My family lived in small communities, sparsely populated and countrified.

My psychologist friends tell me that I am fortunate: as the oldest child I was allowed to read and play, not conscripted as caregiver to my three younger sibs.… ...

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HASHES & BASHES will be breezing in soon

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Past as Prologue: Iowa Writers approve

I know them well; watched them grow up alongside me. Grow up, grow gray, grow weary—all hastened by escapades between those commas.

UnknownJackie and Steve Breeden live on a small farm, the vintage dream of the American Midwest. The vast fields surrounding their home have long been held by Steve’s family, but are cash-rented to neighbors who possess fresh burnished resolve.… ...

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Character

StashesI am writing a sequel to my novel, Stashes. I miss my characters: Jackie and Steve Breeden, pictured to perfection on the cover by the illustrator, Cliff Cramp (yup, he of the Star Wars dvd covers’ fame).

I miss their life misadventures, and there was an open loop in the narrative that begged for the sequel.… ...

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