Monthly Archives: April 2011

Proofreader’s Exhaustion

We’re finishing up the final round of proofreading on my soon-to-be-published novel Death at the Flea Circus and I’m exhausted.  I’ve read the full novel four times now, making lists of corrections on each read-through.  Editors Bill Roberts and Christa … Continue reading

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Someone’s been messing with Bukowski’s poetry

There’s been discussion on the Charles Bukowski Forum about extensive editorial changes made to poems in posthumous collections published by Ecco Press.  Comparisons of Bukowski’s original typed manuscripts for individual poems to the published version in the Ecco edition reveal … Continue reading

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33 Wayward Girls

My new novel (well, old but soon to be published) is about a serial killer of “33 wayward girls.”  Why “wayward”?  I could have called them any number of ugly names, and at times in the book I do refer … Continue reading

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Short Description of my novel

My draft “Author’s Note” for the forthcoming novel Death At The Flea Circus was too long and so we cut the following paragraph.  It’s a brief description of what the book is about, and so I’m giving it new life … Continue reading

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Announcement for my novel

Here’s the official announcement for my forthcoming novel, Death At The Flea Circus: *** Bottle of Smoke Press is proud to announce the upcoming release of Death at the Flea Circus, a Novel by David Barker Release date is May … Continue reading

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Literary Archaeology

For the past few months, I’ve been looking over old manuscripts that I wrote in college.  Most of these I have not reread since they were written.  It’s a strange experience reading these old works again.  Part nostalgia and part … Continue reading

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Opal Whiteley, Oregon Diarist

I wrote a page about “Who Opal Was” for my daughter Hayley’s art blog.  You can read it here.

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