RPLA Showcase: Charles A. Cornell

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Novella Crystal Night by Charles A. Cornell In Crystal Night, on the eve of one of history’s darkest moments, a Swedish bartender working in Nazi Germany accidentally uncovers a woman’s hidden past. Can he avoid becoming an accomplice as the Holocaust accelerates? At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author Charles A. Cornell won First Place in the Published Novella category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades … Read More »

Tales of the Epistolary

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In high school, I picked up Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) and was quickly smitten by the method of the storytelling, rendered through characters’ journals, letters, ship’s log entries, telegrams, and even wax cylinder recordings on that newfangled invention, the phonograph. I didn’t know it at the time, but Dracula represents a great example of the epistolary novel. Documents. It’s all about using documents to tell the story. An example is this log entry jotted by the troubled captain of the … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: John Marling March

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Mystery The Perdiccas Scroll by John Marling March In The Perdiccas Scroll, adventure and intrigue surround police detective/Army reservist Miles Cannon who returns to Iraq to investigate a friend’s death. He will unmask a killer and solve an ancient desert mystery. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author John Marling March won First Place in the Published Mystery category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard … Read More »

Can I Use Snapchat and Instagram as a Writer?

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I’ve often grumped that I don’t do photos, because I’m a words guy. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but not the words I want. (For one thing, as a humor columnist, I like to toss in the occasional booger joke, but I don’t think people want to see me with my finger jammed up my nose. There are some things better left to the imagination.) But Instagram and Snapchat are so popular right now — Snapchat just … Read More »

The Writing Life: Losing Yourself Part II

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Losing Yourself Part I discussed the need to lose ourselves within the character whose point of view we’re writing in order to rise to the top of our writing craft and create characters that stay with readers for a lifetime. But how can we do that? What makes us afraid to sink ourselves deeply into a viewpoint different from our own? And how can we alleviate at least some of those fears? No doubt, most of us have already discovered … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Richard Gartee

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase Each year at the Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the privacy of the home with little to no recognition. Our goal is to showcase the best of the best at the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards and provide First Place winners with a well-deserved spotlight. Not only are we recognizing extraordinary talent, but we’re giving readers an opportunity … Read More »

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