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A Happy Story of Death

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we made the six-hour trip from Peoria, IL, back home. By the last hour, all the kids (and the adults) were tired and bored and ready to be done. I put on the Muppets Most Wanted soundtrack and we bounced to the ridiculous songs. (The “Interrogation Song” is…

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Time to Debut My New Short Story Collection

Time for an actual author update, as opposed to a story. Once again, it’s time for me to shuffle forth from my hermitage into the dusty autumnal light. This time, it’s to attend my first “con,” or convention, as an author. If you’re in Fort Wayne this Saturday and Sunday,…

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Why You Should Read Manalive

G. K. Chesterton is possibly the most quotable human being of the last 200 years. He writes in surprising, paradoxical, enlightening nuggets. Here are some example: The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. Art, like…

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The Basic Plot Everyone Forgets

In writing class, I was taught there were nine basic plots that describe all stories, plots like Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, and Man vs. God. Add the other six in, and these conflicts cover most of known literature. There is, however, one basic plot I have never seen on any…

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Retrieving “The Memory”

My goal in 2016 is to make a concerted effort to post old stories you really should read and to highlight stories you might have missed. I don’t lack completed works. I lack the persistence to get them to readers who would enjoy them. So, if you read anything on…

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A Walk Home

Went for a walk today. It wasn’t an ordinary walk. My car’s in the shop and Natasha was in the middle of making dinner and couldn’t pick me up, so I decided to walk home from work. It’s something like two miles. Today was cool and cloudy. I’d been restless…

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Introducing “Trudy”

I’ve a new short story for you all, but I’d like to share a bit about its genesis and evolution first. (If you don’t care about all that, skip to the end.) Back when The Unremarkable Squire came out, I had a short-lived deal going: submit a review for the book…

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Derailed Trains now on Youtube

As usual, I’m way behind on linking to Derailed Trains of Thought, the monthly podcast about storytelling I co-host with Timothy Deal. So, instead of trying to catch up, I’ll just leave a few updates here and encourage you to subscribe to the podcast through one of the myriad of…

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Beauty in a Broken World

I finally had a chance to watch The Wind Rises, the last film by famed animation director Hayao Miyazaki, His films are always filled with beauty, wonder, and a desire for simplicity, and they are considered masterpieces of animation for good reason. What I didn’t expect going into this final film was…

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How I Expanded My Mind and Accepted Turkey Day

Look, I’m no fan of turkey. I mean, sure, it’s tasty enough, but give me mashed potatoes, and I’m set. Always mashed potatoes, in a great big heap, with some gravy. And maybe some of that green bean casserole, officially the best use of green beans on the planet and…

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DToT #49 – Write It Again, Sam

This entry is part 48 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

This entry is part 48 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of ThoughtAnother month, another podcast! This time Tim and I discuss the art of revision. Here’s the write-up: Writing is revision and a movie is discovered in the editing room. Or so “they” tell us. Isn’t vision enough?…

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Return of the Hermit Writer – 2014 Author Fair

That’s right, I, Nick Hayden, will be out in public, ready to sell and discuss my books. This Saturday, November 8, I’ll be at the Allen County Public Library for their annual Author Fair from 12-3pm. It was a good time last year, and this year I have plenty of…

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