Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

That’s Entertainment!

From Miscellaneous Handkerchief Tricks That You Can Do : Including a fifteen minute act “The Silky Slicker” by George De Lawrence, published by Gerald Heaney, Berlin, Wisconsin, 1921.  Pages 32-33. You absolutely cannot succeed in these modern days of “jazz” … Continue reading

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On Villainy

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
I’ve written here before about the necessity — in my opinion — of making one’s villains well-rounded characters and not merely evil mustache-twirling sockpuppets. By which I mean granting them their virtues as…

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In Which I Visit a Museum

And there see a submarine. Some years ago, for reasons that matter not to our story, I was driving around northern New Jersey when I saw something by the side of the road.  “By golly,” I said, “that looks like … Continue reading

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Red Mike at the Movies: Hereditary

So this was one of a couple of movies I’d intended to see last year. For reasons I’ll not go into here I watched a lot of movies in theaters last year.  And I will, eventually, review them all.  But … Continue reading

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Martin Van of Kinderhook

Today is the first day of our ramble down to New York for Heliosphere.  So, en passant, we visited Lindenwald, Martin Van Buren’s home in Kinderhook, NY.  Van Buren had  been Jackson’s Vice President; he went on to a term … Continue reading

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It’s That Time Again

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Yes, it’s time for my annual Springtime Services Sale! From now through April 21, 2019 (that’s Easter Sunday, for those of you who celebrate), all edits on novel-length manuscripts will be 30% off…

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Free Magic Show: Boston

BEST OF BOSTON The SAM Assembly 9 “Best of Boston” contest will be held Wednesday, April 10th at the Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline, at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge for this performance. Note that the starting … Continue reading

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What We’re Planning

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
(Unless something horrible and unexpected leaps out of the bushes at us beforehand — which has, alas, been known to happen.) Anyway. We’re going down to be attending the Heliosphere sf/fantasy convention in…

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Merrimack Crimeline Show

  APRIL 13, 2019 HELP MERRIMACK CRIMELINE TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME 11th Annual MAGIC SHOW SUPPORT THE MERRIMACK POLICE K-9 PROGRAM “Pluto” MPD – K9 Granite State Magicians   10 AM thru 2 PM $5 PER PERSON, $2.50 UNDER … Continue reading

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Talk About Your Toxic Work Environments

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Back when I was first writing for publication, Jim Macdonald and I wrote a number of YA novels, mostly for book packagers (that was one of the entry points back then, before packagers…

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