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The James McAllen Blog

I ruined Christmas – again.

I ruined Christmas — again Ok, not really. Well, kinda. Ok. A little background first. I’m not a big fan of Christmas. It’s the most stressful holiday imaginable. Not only do you have crowds, and traffic, and shopping and spending ridiculous amounts of money, you...

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To sleep, perchance to dream –

apnea — from the Greek, apnoia, which means breathless. For those of you who follow my blog, you may have heard that I recently changed job locations; from Soho in Manhattan, to Orangeburg in Rockland County, NY. I know, right? What the hell is in Orangeburg? Well,...

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Searching for Zack

When I woke up on Friday morning, it was cold. Not bone-chilling cold; not winter cold, but just enough to make me dread the oncoming winter. I decided that staying in my sweats and lazing around the couch was the order of the day. I had ideas about going to the gym,...

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The Ballad of Val and Jim

One of the big problems with being happy and content, and in fact, the “only” problem with being happy and content, is that art suffers because of it. Certainly my art has. Other than a couple of witty Facebook posts, I haven’t written a damn thing since I finished...

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Finally The new book is done. It only took 3 full years, but it's finally complete. I think. Truth be told, this particular book didn't take 3 years. There was the other book that I was writing and decided to toss in the trash. That was a year wasted. And then there...

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Stranger in a Strange Land

Let me first dispense with the formalities - The book is done. Kinda. The first draft is complete, and now it just needs a period of incubation before I give it a polish. The only problem is, I can't leave it alone. I keep going back and tweaking it, rather than...

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