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Jeff Cohen
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Jeff Cohen So. THE QUESTION OF THE FELONIOUS FRIEND, the third in my collaborative (with E.J. Copperman) Asperger's mystery series, will be published one week from Thursday, on Sept. 8. And if you thought I wouldn't be posting about it... Continue reading
I only RENTED my soul, and intend to get it back in September.
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Jeff Cohen First: I am very sorry to note that last Thursday marked the final airing for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Having inherited the time slot of a phenomenon it was unfair of Comedy Central to believe the... Continue reading
If it makes you feel any better, the Farmer's Almanac tells us we're going to have a colder, wetter winter every year. Told us that last year. We had one huge snow storm--and that was it. But you still need to move to a warmer climate, and so do I. See you there?
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Indeed. Nowhere in the post do I mention being a gold medalist or winning in the Olympics, merely the idea that hard work and determination will get you there. “Success” is defined by each individual. If your version of writing success is to finish the manuscript, then that’s success. It ain’t nothing.
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Yes, there’s often an element of luck. But even luck won’t get you there if you can’t do the job.
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Jeff Cohen I'll confess I haven't been watching a ton of the current Olympic Games, particularly since my daughter left for a weeklong trip to Oregon. She's the one with a real interest. It's not that I don't find the... Continue reading
Thank you, Deb! *I* don’t even reread them once a year!
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Jeff Cohen I can't believe I'm writing this post. Those who love me and a few who just like me a little have expressed the thought--a large number of times--that I have a habit so infuriating it distracts from my... Continue reading
Don’t feel bad, Lynne. I don’t have an issue with people buy stuff from any outlet because everybody gets paid, even if it’s not quite as much. We prefer you pay something approximating full price, but you’re not stealing from anybody.
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Bravo! Too many writers never met an adjective they didn't like!
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Jeff Cohen There are a multitude of disturbing trends in today's society. One of them is running for president, but that's not the point here. The bottom line is, it's virtually impossible, no matter what one's point of view might... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen So much of the time as crime fiction writers we are working from a place of ignorance. I haven't murdered anyone and don't plan to, so any crime I depict is strictly the product of my twisted imagination.... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen Lately, more than usual, it has seemed impossible to escape the darker areas of society. One hideous, heart-wrenching event comes after the last hasn't had time to leave the news cycle. Violence seems to be erupting more often... Continue reading
I’ve worked alone for 31 years. It decreases the irritation and increases the waistline.
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Jeff Cohen I write mysteries--mostly murder mysteries--for a living. It's what I do, it's what I like to do and it's what I have become (in a small circle) known for. I've been doing that for over 16 years now.... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..." To the Americans,... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen It's summer (finally!) and that means things tend to slow down. The publishing business is pretty much on hiatus until Labor Day (except for writers, who plow on throughout, and no doubt agents, right Josh?). All there is... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen I'd like to talk for a moment about a miracle. Now, those who read this post regularly might remember that miracles are not part of my belief system. I generally put my trust in science and verifiable fact... Continue reading
Hope you enjoy it! Thanks!
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Jeff Cohen I think I speak for all my DEAD GUY colleagues when I say the events over this weekend in Orlando, FL are unthinkable, unpardonable and absolutely unacceptable. No matter who you might consider voting for it is clear... Continue reading
I have never understood authors who don't at least think about the notes an editor sends. My psyche is such that I assume the editor is right (which is quite often the case) and has caught me napping at the keyboard (also not an unusual occurrence--I'm old and get sleepy). On little things, if it's a joke I like and the editor doesn't, I'll choose not to make the change. That's about 10% of the time. Editors are there to help. I want the help.
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And paid dearly for it, as I recall.
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