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Thomas Bradley
Las Vegas, Nevada
So this is me, the novelist wannabe.
Interests: Writing, photography, sports, travel, poker, good beer, watching the world roll by, learning to play the ukulele.
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For the love of whatever god you worship, unless your character is an oblivious, semi-literate, rambling stream-of-semi-consciousness blabbermouth who lacks either the ability or inclination to realize when it's an opportune time to shut up, please, do yourself and your readers a favor and do NOT let them talk like this. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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You know at once it’s what you should have written from the jump, and you scold yourself with the time-worn, "Fecking eejit, why didn't you think of this in the first place?" Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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For example, how often can a character shrug? Well, if they’re in my WIP, they do so on 22 occasions. They’ve also said “yeah” 144 times and “motioned” 14 times. And I’ve written some version of the word “time” an astounding—and embarrassing—163…times. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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Yet there it was, reveling in its own mean-spirited display of reverse karma and staring at me from the page, the non-word I take great pains to edit OUT of my coworkers’ writing. Yeesh. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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I once emailed a simple yes-or-no question about internal company style to a coworker who replied with a four-paragraph treatise, which, when translated, meant “no.” Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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"There is a pretty simple technique I use to adjust my writing style to the genre I’m dabbling in. And the trick is that I start off each project by choosing a very clear-cut theme and tone. Having a theme and tone and centering my writing on those allows me to stay true to the story as I write it and make sure the story holds the “feel” that it should possess." Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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The consensus among writers who are far more accomplished than me—i.e., those who know the “correct” method of writing a first draft—is that you plow through and finish the stupid, shitty thing, and worry about revisions when it comes time to launch your first round of edits. Yet this has never worked for me. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
But in what way, in any possible way, can your change be any more tangible, more horrific, than it has for the loved ones of those lost and those who somehow—through determination or sheer luck or, if you believe in such things, divine intervention—survived the onslaught? Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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But fall—there’s no need for further introduction. The air turns crisp and the leaves turn…well, in most places that aren’t here…brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Scorching hot days give way to pleasant nights, and artificial pumpkin flavor reigns supreme almost everywhere food and drink are sold. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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Perhaps, I reasoned, there was a middle ground to Bill’s tales. Perhaps he had, indeed, seduced some young women of varying degrees of hotness. Who were we to say for sure one way or the other? Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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They’re literary legends with loyal followings and I’m just some pipsqueak nobody who learned how to self-publish my crap even when nobody asked me to. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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Today's salad is made with only the freshest, simplest ingredients, and is guaranteed not only to boost your brain power, but also to grow and expand your vocabulary and heighten your critical thinking skills. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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Good news, fiber freaks—today we’re making up for lost lunch! Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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The debate over the merits of plotting versus panstering is one that even bedevils some of our greatest, most respected authors. And it is one that in the past has caused me to wonder why I am one and not the other. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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For you to glean all the positive health benefits inherent to this big, steaming pile of garbled farm-to-table greens, you should read it out loud. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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The key to extracting as many nutrients as possible from this big bowl of locally-sourced, organic, GMO-free word salad is to read it out loud. If you choose to read it silently, well, that is your prerogative; however, be forewarned that doing so may sacrifice its inherent nutritional value with potential side-effects ranging from nausea and headaches to persistent eye-rolls and primal screams. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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Elmore Leonard’s brusque, laconic style echoed to a tee the speech patterns of mobsters, politicians, and other bad people as they talked about bad things—all within earshot of phone taps and bugs. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
"Well, when people ask me about my dialogue, I say 'Well, don't you hear people talking?' That's all I do. I hear a certain type of individual…I decide this is what he should be, whatever it is, and then I hear him. Well, I don't hear anybody that I can't make talk." Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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The mind of your typical writer, it seems, is always in motion. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
“I’m doing fine. I think I was worried about this weekend, having a vacancy. You know how I get about vacancies.” “But it was much worse, with you talking about someone coming to kill you.” Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
“Honey, I get it, but I can’t remember the last time you dropped so many f-bombs in such a short amount of time.” Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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“Kalola, the heady, carefree days of my adolescence were spent frolicking in the meadows, chasing the sun and flying kites, my head filled with dreams of one day—when I was a grown man, ready to conquer the world—of one day laying claim to the title, ‘certified public accountant.’” Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
If I did inadvertently allow a gaffe to slip through the cracks, I would hope an eagle-eyed reader—or one who is simply paying attention—would call me out on it in a review. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
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Almost instantly, I found myself caught up in the texture of the pages, the softness of the cover, and the sense that I had reunited with an old friend. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Headfirst Into the Deep End
Almost immediately, in my jaded sense of sussing what makes people tick, I began processing what I just witnessed. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Headfirst Into the Deep End