Author Archive | Charlotte Rains Dixon

My dearly departed pug, Igor, celebrating Christmas a few years ago.

Writing While You Sleep

This is a photo of my pug, Igor, sleeping.  Igor is a prodigious sleeper, and its a safe bet that he is not worrying about his writing while he sleeps.  More likely he’s worrying about nabbing a chewie when he wakes up.  Or making sure someone feeds him.  (Pug has a wee bit of a […]

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Short and Sweet or SEO?

We all know Seth Godin is a god (its even part of his name).  I’ve been reading his free e-books on blogging and making lenses on Squidoo.  (Go here to find them.) Seth talks about making blog entries short and sweet.  Good strategy.  What I find very interesting, though, is the contrast between the blog-writing […]

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Novels of the Civil War

Is it just me, or do there seem to be a lot of novels coming out about the Civil War these days?  There’s a story on yahoo today about Robert Olmstead’s latest novel, called Coal Black Horse. You can read it here.  Maybe its just that I am now noticing them.  Until recently, they weren’t […]

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Handling Rejection

Every writer gets used to dealing with rejection.  It gradually gets easier.  Sort of. Okay, I’m lying.  Here’s a handy dandy guide on handling that I’ve put together: 1.  First, you cry.  As the first tear leaks from your eye to roll down your cheek, you feel like a wimp.  And writers are not wimps.  […]

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Burning Questions

Lost in Translation was on some random cable channel last night (its probably always on some random cable channel somewhere).  Love that movie.  Though I still want to know: What does Bill Murray whisper in Scarlett Johansen’s ear at the end?

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The Strumpet Rediscovers An Author

Elizabeth Hand is a wonderful author, her prose other-worldly and lush.  Elizabeth Hand uses the word crepuscular. I love the word crepuscular. I actually associate the word with her, because I’m quite sure I first read it in one of her books.  It’s the kind of word she uses a lot, with great authority.  And […]

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The Road

Oprah chose Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road, for her next book club selection.  And, she succeeded in convincing McCarthy to give her an interview–his second in 40 years. I’m kinda a big fan of both–though I’m more a fan of McCarthy in theory than in reality because I can’t stand to read his books.  Lewis […]

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Beginnings

My friend Sue (one of my Nashville peeps) and I have both recently started re-writing our novels.  Today she emailed me and asked what I knew about first chapters.   I told her one thing I know about first chapters is that they are hard–hard because a first chapter is the foundation for everything that is […]

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