Author Archives: joshlangston

About joshlangston

Grateful and well-loved husband, happy grandparent, novelist, editor, and teacher. My life plate is full, and I couldn't be happier. Anything else I might add would be anticlimactic. Cheers!

Valentine, oh Valentine, where didst thou go wrong?

And whatever happened to Saint Valentine’s contemporaries:┬áSaint Austrebertha, Saint Eormenhild, Saint Eulalia, and Saint Scholastica? February was their month, too. It all began a long time ago. Based on my admittedly cursory research, it seems the Romans had a nifty … Continue reading

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How much of you should go in your book?

While the answer is obvious for those who write memoir or family histories, the question becomes a great deal trickier when one is writing fiction. To a certain extent, all of what we put in a novel is derived from … Continue reading

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So, you wanna be a wordsmith?

…then you’d best use words the way they’re meant to be used. I know I’ve misused words in the past. Like way too many writers, I get the past tense of lie and lay, laid and lain confused and have … Continue reading

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A Necessary Evil — Part V

Unless you can wrangle an appearance on “Oprah!” or some of the late-night TV shows, your best bet for alerting the public to the publication of your book is a press release. That’s not to say you shouldn’t contact radio … Continue reading

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That Point of View thing

Television and the movies have had a tremendous impact on the way we perceive things. It’s rare when a TV show or film allows the viewer to see only what one character sees. And yet, such a limited viewpoint is … Continue reading

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A Necessary Evil — Part IV

So, you’ve followed all the suggestions, gotten all the feedback you could stand, made all the updates, corrections, and edits; you’ve picked all the nits, tied up all the loose threads, thanked everyone you could think of, and now it’s … Continue reading

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Time’s Running Out!

There’s not much left of this year, other than a couple of football games, the usual bleating and blathering from the pols–left, right and center–and, of course, tax prep. On the positive side, a new textbook on writing is soon … Continue reading

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