Monthly Archives: November 2015

D is for Determination

This post is part of an ongoing series, the Author’s Alphabet. Click on the tag below to read more in the series! D is for Determination. At first glance, it seems that anyone can write. We all wrote book reports … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From King of Hearts by Jennifer Stevenson

King of Hearts

King of Hearts Backstage Boys Book 1 by Jennifer Stevenson What went before: Stagehand King Dave has been disrespected by his ex-wife with the aid of a can of orange spray paint. Nadine, a preacher’s daughter, was the only witness. … Continue reading

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Thankful for Snow

The Rambling Writer Goes Snowshoeing with Bear Dog and Thor (We’ll resume our British Columbia trip with Bella Coola on Dec. 12.)                   “How would you like to play in the snow, … Continue reading

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Writing a story, building a world – part 6: HOW?

Read WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY in earlier installments. This is the final question. Continuing – Question 6: HOW Going back to the trope thing, when I started writing the Were Chronicles it was with a lot of ideas in … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Lies and Prophecy – Illustrated Edition by Marie Brennan

Lies and Prophecy

Lies and Prophecy – Illustrated Edition by Marie Brennan There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and prophecy. Kim never had to wonder what to major in at college. Her talent for divination made her future clear in … Continue reading

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Gratitude, Accompanied by Squash

Hulky reads The Weave

My sweetheart and I went to the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s (SELC)  annual celebration last week and came home with a large Sibley squash, whom we have christened Hulky. (That’s Hulky on the left, reading The Weave.) Since there’s no … Continue reading

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The Impending Death of Feminism

Steven Harper PiziksEvery year my seniors read Moliere’s Tartuffe. In that play is a scene in which Orgon orders his daughter to break off her engagement with the man she loves and marry the evil Tartuffe.  She begs him not to force this and asks his permission to marry the man she wants.

“Haw haw haw!” I chuckle at this point.  “Tartuffe was written in the 1600s.  Nothing like this happens today!”

Or . . . ?

I bring up a web site on my SmartBoard that asks questions and lets the students text their responses so we can see how the class as a whole answered.  The answers are always a little shocking.  Look here: Continue reading

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Thankful and Grateful and Mindful

Tis the season of giving thanks. Or perhaps of giving gratitude. I’ve been thinking about this some–not least because Thursday is the American Thanksgiving, which really should not just be about food, but somehow always is (OK, maybe a smidge … Continue reading

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BVC Announces “The Work of Hunters” by Laura Anne Gilman

The Work of Hunters by Laura Anne Gilman

The Work of Hunters Sylvan Investigations 3 by Laura Anne Gilman Danny Hendrickson – ex-cop turned PI – and his partner Ellen could be any low-rent private investigators trying to make a difference, and a living, in New York City. … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Professional Amateur, #3: Mixed Metaphors

For the aspiring writers among us, I offer this third blog in a workshop series on the craft of writing. Obviously you don’t have to do the exercises, ’cause nobody’s watching, but you might have fun with them. Sample sentence: … Continue reading

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