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May.16.2010
Write like the plague is gnawing at your heels. Find the words that nurse each sentence, be careful not to breath too heavily upon your paragraphs, and dispose of your dead as soon as the body carts arrive at the door. Does this sound extreme? Perhaps, but when one puts away the 'art and science...
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May.15.2010
First thing on my mind when I woke up was dreams, but those illusive little critters, whatever, whoever, wherever they are, slipped right through my thoughts and escaped. I know they are around somewhere, floating through the dust, probably hovering at the corners... you know, something you see at...
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Jan.15.2010
Oh, boy... over at the Virginia Quarterly Review, yesterday's editors' blog suggests that the number of writers is multiplying exponentially, while literary venues are shrinking.  As they describe the situation, "We dare say that half of the top fiction venues of the last decade—and indeed...
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Jan.11.2010
An interesting book review (Game Change) from a favourite columnist of mine, Glenn Greenwald, but what particularly caught my eye was this-- "...Washington's journalist class is poring over, studying, and analyzing its contents as though it is the Dead Sea Scrolls, lavishing praise on its...
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Dec.31.2009
Here's a link to a blog -- the lack of female authors in Publisher's Weekly Best of 2009 list -- which I found renewed many questions as I return to my writing in the New Year: http://www.salon.com/life/broadsheet/feature/2009/12/30/women_writers How does an awareness of "systematic sexism...
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Dec.23.2009
I have spent the last week or so, after a breather from NaNoWriMo, reviewing my writing so far. It is so easy to step off the well-groomed path into a forest of dark forbidding, words, characters, plot lines adrift like maple keys swirling about on breezy currents. Now, I've found it very useful to...
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Dec.22.2009
I got up this morning and decided to try a little experiment -- the results of which you see here ... I'm writing this blog from my phone. It's doable, though a bit clunky, not nearly as elegant as writing from my laptop. The words flow, but the thumbs don't want to keep up -- all that double...
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Dec.22.2009
A little late in reporting, but NaNoWriMo finished on November 30th, and I'm really pleased with myself to have reached my goal, and the project's objective of fifty thousand words in thirty days. The rewards, as promised, are the satisfaction of reaching a goal, plus the pleasure of downloading...
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Dec.22.2009
We watched with amusement as our southern east coast neighbours struggled with a huge snowstorm this past weekend. We were of course, quite smug about the whole event, since we had just endured a whopping 121 centimetres (4 feet) of fluffy snow, which broke all local records for a single storm. As...
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Sep.13.2009
I've read a couple of interesting blogs this morning, both of which address the problems of morality in an athiest world, as opposed to a Christian world. The first, titled "Deconstructing the Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 23" is by The Athiest Missionary The athiest missionary poses the...
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Sep.02.2009
Warren & Chaddie
Transplants and organs for sale has become a hot topic on TV these days. In an interview, one doctor shrugged when he was asked if he cared where the donor organs came from. Another man told the interviewer that his mother accepted an organ from a poor foreigner, rather than the one he had offered...
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Aug.19.2009
Sex: To write the scene or not to write the scene. As a reader, I have mixed feelings. As a writer, ditto. The basic rule of thumb is that if the scene isn't doing some kind of work to further the plot, characterization, pacing, atmosphere, etc., then it has no place in the story. When I read sex...
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Aug.07.2009
Learning our ABC's
If you think education is expensive — try ignorance.- Derek C. Bok        http://www.bookreporter.com/community/quote/index.asp What a wonderful quote, short concise, yet heavy with meaning. A provocation to thought, particularly in these times of recession when we argue over the value of sinking...
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Aug.05.2009
Our Cat, China
Two of my cats have decided to hate each other, transforming my focus on them from affectionate to obsessive, passionate and fixated. Why, you ask? Well...our cats, like most family pets, absorb a goodly portion of my attention during sunny, and currently dull dark stormy days. And why, you ask,...
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May.20.2009
How you treat me is your karma, how I react, is mine... Oh, yes I own my thoughts, my choices, you yours, but do we only speak and act but once? No. It echoes down the highways and paths of time, grabbing those who would listen, nipping at the conscience of those who would not. That pre-supposes...
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