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Anna Herrington commented on John Manchester's blog post Another Sad Ending
"It's been an adventure. I've met friends here that have even spread into 3D life, a rather unusual and interesting ride all around. Good folks. And, of course, the 'writing group' as I keep calling this place, has fostered all…"
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koshersalaami commented on John Manchester's blog post Another Sad Ending
"Mine too, though I had no intention of becoming a writer and still don’t. Keep an eye on what Alan Milner is doing. He’s developing a site where we might move to. "
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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post UN-PUBLISHED!
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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post UN-PUBLISHED!
"Ah, hindsight. Though I really like my agent, I might have skipped that step and gone right to self-publishing five years ago. By now maybe I'd be in a better place. But what is a better place? I'm learning tons about self-publishing and…"
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Anna Herrington commented on John Manchester's blog post UN-PUBLISHED!
"Is there anything you'd do differently from the start, re agent/editor/publisher relationships, next time?"
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Anna Herrington commented on John Manchester's blog post UN-PUBLISHED!
"I always wonder how the relationships between writer and agent and editor and publisher seem to fit so smoothly when reading blurbs at end of books thanking their BFF forever publisher or agent or editor.... when the pitfalls and difficulties of…"
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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post The Lost Wax Process
"KS, yes it's strange to suddenly find out something that casts a whole new light on your life."
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koshersalaami commented on John Manchester's blog post The Lost Wax Process
"I didn’t know about ADHD until I think my forties, and I was soon thereafter diagnosed. Sure answered a lot of questions like why I couldn’t pay attention even when I was trying to. "
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"GOOD read, o so happy you've taken the lead nothing like a Sunday N.Y.T. amidst great notables nobles you know those dearly departed O bits 'O Honey some of whom barely gettin' started... KURTZ, Margo Rogers ~goodness through the…"
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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post The Lost Wax Process
"It's good to know we're not alone. "wondering how I spiral through my days." Nice!"
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Anna Herrington commented on John Manchester's blog post The Lost Wax Process
"What a relatable post.  You have clearly made some good lemonade, you seem pretty well focused by your achievements and interests. Coming from a large clan of ADHD riddled, some creative, some brainy, thinkers, I smiled while reading this... my…"
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Retired from composing and learning to write. Ten thousand hours at it and counting.
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Another Sad Ending

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 4:34pm 3 Comments

I'm sorry that Our Salon is going the way of all things. And sorry I wasn't more support to Lorianne. (Aside from posting, I was no support at all. Arrgh. )

Anyone wishing can visit my blog at http://www.johnkmanchester.com/blog/ You can lurk or comment as you like. 

This platform and Open Salon before have helped me develop my writing, which with any luck is about to turn into a career. 

Thank…

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UN-PUBLISHED!

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 10:33am 4 Comments

UNPUBLISHED!

What??? Is that even a thing?

It is, as I discovered last Monday when I went to the book page for Never Speak on Amazon. I do it at least once a day to check my sales rank—a shameful practice which I try to justify by knowing that I’m far from alone.

When I looked on Monday the Kindle version of my book was gone. Had I violated one of Amazon’s unwritten rules, and they’d killed my book? A flurry of emails revealed the…

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The Lost Wax Process

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 9:13am 5 Comments

Photo by Florencia Potter on Unsplash

 

If you’re born a lemon-head, make lemonade.

(Note to subscribers: due to the demands of my current book project, I will no longer post every…

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The Gentle Art of the Nap

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 9:23am 4 Comments

My guilty secret: I take a nap after lunch every day, and I’ve been doing it since my late 20s. Why guilty? Napping has always had this faint whiff of wrongness, something to do with naps being the exclusive province of geezers, folks who are so used up that they don’t have the juice to get through the day. But there was nothing vague about the words of my spiritual teacher. In typical terse take-no-prisoners style, he said, “Naps are suicide.”

I heard these words a few years after…

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