Refe Tuma

Refe Tuma

Writer, Dinosaur Photographer.

Sundress, Fingernails, Face

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Sam let his engine idle as he took a final look at the house. He reached into the glove compartment and pulled out an old photo of himself as a boy. He stood in front of the very same house, wearing light-blue shorts and grasping a hose in one hand. Half the image was missing. He rubbed it between his fingers, tracing the torn edge, struggling to complete the frame in his mind.

I’ve got a new short story up at WhiskeyPaper this week. It’s a quiet piece about memory and regret. Give it a read and let me know what you think.

Photo: © Michela Nale

Add WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT on Goodreads

If you’re on Goodreads, take a minute to add What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night to your lists. The book comes out October 28 and we can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Thanks!

Rex gets his teeth cleaned for the first time in 150,000,000 years. He’s got to look good for the release of WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT this fall, right?

(Preorder the book here: http://bit.ly/DinosDidBN)

The role of the publisher isn’t to take a book that’s pretty much finished and turn it out to the public. Editors help shape books in significant ways. A good editor doesn’t just tell you that you have made typos or that your sentences are grammatically incorrect; a good editor looks at every part of a book, from character development to plotting to theme, and tells you what doesn’t work, what works really well, what needs to be cut, what needs to be built up. A good editor reconstructs a story from the raw materials and makes it as good as it can possibly be.
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from Why We Still Need Publishers by Susie Rodarme

(via curiousmartha)

Rex looking handsome on thick, glossy paper. The release date for WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT is quickly approaching!
Rex looking handsome on thick, glossy paper. The release date for WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT is quickly approaching!

Rex looking handsome on thick, glossy paper. The release date for WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT is quickly approaching!

Though from afar it’s easy to imagine the publishing business as either a collection of jaded gatekeepers who enjoy affirming their superiority by rejecting your work, or as a bunch of crass entertainment execs chasing the next megahit, I’ve been disappointed to find that it’s actually neither. Everyone who I’ve encountered in the book biz—from editorial to sales—seems disarmingly genuine about their love of books, and their jobs are pretty much like everyone else’s in the world, which is to say torn between reconciling their passion with the realities of the market. Every book they publish, especially if it’s by a first-time writer, is a risk to them and their reputation, and it’s one they take because they personally responded to the book. This was a revelation to me, the fact that the grand faceless facade of New York publishing turned out to be a collection of surprisingly normal people, all of whom were looking to fall in love with a manuscript.
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Ted Thompson in Ask a Debut Novelist #2 

Couldn’t have said it better.

dinovember:



When Steggy’s attempted header results in yet another 0-0 match, the dinosaurs’ World Cup excitement is quickly deflated.
dinovember:



When Steggy’s attempted header results in yet another 0-0 match, the dinosaurs’ World Cup excitement is quickly deflated.

dinovember:

When Steggy’s attempted header results in yet another 0-0 match, the dinosaurs’ World Cup excitement is quickly deflated.
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Flying in formation, Shaun Kardinal

see: Adam Novy’s The Avian Gospels.