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Be careful what you throw away

Generation Dementia by Michael  Hartnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Generation Dementia" is my fortunate introduction to Hartnett's writing, a unique style unfolded in this novel's plot, blending what the reader could at first assume is pure fantasy, but in reality is plausible fiction. Narrator and protagonist Hash reveals his own coming of age story in which his high school in Frick Village seems obsessed with garbage collection. Hash's personal involvement in the student program, Operation Pick-up Kids, shows his attempt to complete the void in his life through other people's garbage. Much of his fascination centers on the information gathered from a set of discarded and now obsolete computer floppy discs, the diary of newsman Levon Gallagher, who inspired Hash's own mother to begin her own blog. It is not until his mother's death that Hash reads his mother's musings and grows closer to her. The void she has left becomes obvious as he tries to fi…

Darden North on Blog Tour for "The Five Manners of Death"

New novel by Darden North - Release set for June 15, 2017

In "The Five Manners of Death" there are five ways to die. Surgeon Diana Bratton believes that homicide is the only one left. Then the police prove her wrong. Diana learns that murder is her family secret. After a construction worker unearths a human skull on the campus of the University of Mississippi that dates to the 1960s, an older woman’s desperate attempt to erase history counts down the five manners of death. Surgeon Diana Bratton is surrounded by bodies after the discovery of her Aunt Phoebe’s 50-year-old note detailing the five ways to die. Suicide, accident, natural cause, and one death classified undetermined are soon crossed of this list—leaving Diana to believe that only homicide remains. Then the police prove her wrong. 
When Phoebe is linked not only to that death, but to the recent deaths of two local men, Diana is torn between pursuing Phoebe’s innocence and accepting police theory that her aunt is involved in multiple murders. Diana steals precious time from…

2017 Southeast Region Writing Conferences

"Writer's Digest" is sponsoring writing conferences in Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee in 2017. The magazine's editors will be speaking and literary agents are scheduled to be on hand for one-on-one pitches.

For more information, check out these links:
      February 24, 2017
      April 22, 2017
      July 22, 2017 
I received a tweet message from The Writer's Digest team about the conferences and thought I would pass along the information. An email contact was also provided:
If you are a budding or blooming writer, you might want to check out these opportunities.
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