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Bret, Where Are You?

To my loyal readers:

I'm not blogged out, but I am shifting my energies to other writing endeavors. That's why I haven't posted much lately.

At the moment, I'm working on a new novel. And like Hemingway, I believe it's best that I don't write or say too much about it while "in process."

Some time soon, I will also begin the process of revising the "pokes."

Please do keep checking back. I might not have new pokes for you, but the blog will continue, I promise.

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