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R.I.P. Walter Dean Myers

  On July 1, 2014, we lost award-winning and prolific children’s author Walter Dean Myers, who wrote over 100 books over his 45-year career. Mr. Meyers was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including:  two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, six Coretta Scott King Award, the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award, the

 
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Editing ain’t easy

Published on June 6, 2014 by in Editing, Writing

Editing ain’t easy. I may have mentioned earlier that Scrivener is, without a doubt, making me a much better editor. As I continue to polish up my Mayonnaise Murders Vol. 2 manuscript, all I can think about is how much better Volume 1 could have been if I had written the entire thing in Scrivener instead of  only

 
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It’s about time for a Detroit Anthology

Published on May 30, 2014 by in Writing

It’s not what I do, it’s what I am. Believe me, there is a difference. Pressing license plates is something you do. Working as a grocery store cashier is something you do. Unloading trailers at UPS (which I did for three years, and  in my mid-forties no less) is definitely something you do. Things that

 
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How Scrivener saved The Mayonnaise Murders

Published on May 19, 2014 by in Writing

  This is just to add my humble name to the grateful masses who I know have already sung the praises of Scrivener, the app that saved The Mayonnaise Murders.  And that is  no exaggeration. As I continue to edit and refine The Mayonnaise Murders Part 2,  I can’t help but reflect on the early days nearly 20 years ago when

 
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Exquisite detail is what makes Game of Thrones great fantasy

  I’m assuming I’m not the first person to blog about Game of Thrones, right? Yeah. I thought not. But that’s OK. I did stop and consider for a moment whether it was worth my time to even bother tossing my humble little opinion into such a crowded arena. With that many opinions bumping shoulders, you

 
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Why I have to use a story outline

Published on May 6, 2014 by in Crossposted

  Not that long ago I happened to come across a blog discussion where various writers were debating whether or not it was a good idea for novelists to use a story outline before getting started. As opposed to just letting the muse run wild and naked through the fields of imagination, landing who knows

 
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Mayonnaise Murders Vol. 2 completed! Now to the editing…

  “The lament of the modern author, whose writing must now compete for purchase with every other book, from classics like the Iliad to the newest self-published odyssey, all of which will now be preserved digitally for all time: how do you add to that in any significant way? The answer is to write the book that

 
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‘What if…?” equals science fiction

Published on April 21, 2014 by in Crossposted

  What if? Last night I was once again watching way too much television on a Sunday evening when I saw an advertisement for a BBC series show which I immediately set my DVR to record, “The Real History of Science Fiction.” First of all, I’m an acknowledged sci-fi fanatic, to the point where I

 
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Fire and Wanda adds new twist to African American fiction

Published on March 7, 2014 by in Writing

Well, it’s done. And it only took me a little over 20 years to add what I hope will be a unique addition to that genre known as African American fiction. I first started writing Fire and Wanda more than 20 years ago, way back in the Stone Age before I even owned a computer or knew

 
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Fire and Wanda coming next week!

Published on February 28, 2014 by in Writing

I actually began writing this book nearly 20 years ago, but then put it down and didn’t pick it up again until several years ago when I made the decision to finish various projects I had started (including The Mayonnaise Murders ) before starting anything new. But unlike Mayonnaise, or my fantasy detective novel for children, Who Stole the Zmulobeast?, this

 
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The Mayonnaise Murders

(The Mayonnaise Murders (The Complete Novel))
By Keith A. Owens
Whoever killed Johnny Beardy ruined a perfectly good sandwich in the process. I was hungry when I found him, so that's the first thing came to my mind.
For the record, my name is Vid. It's short for a name you don't wanna bother trying to pronounce if you're from Earth. Anyway, I solve problems. It's not what I always did, but things change and here I am. Stuck up to my gills in other critters' problems on good ole Planet 10.


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