Monthly Archives: February 2016

Navigating the Ocean of Story (2)

Ursula K. Le Guin

by Ursula K. Le Guin Questions With Answers: Session 2, Round 1 Alex: You’ve spoken about rhythm in prose, including some rhythmic analysis of your favourite work. When you review and edit your work, how do you tend to check … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: Metagaming

(This is the eighth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** Continuing off the “emergence” concept of my last post . . . I admitted there that things aren’t usually 100% serendipitous. Players … Continue reading

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Wit and the Art of Conversation

As I was growing up, I became aware of people talking about how witty this book was, or that movie, or a famous person sitting in a famous cafe in Manhattan or Paris.   I began to read Jane Austen, and … Continue reading

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  The perpetual balance in the arts is between novelty and tradition. Originality is essential. But all the customers like, the artist complains (in Sunday in the Park with George, the quintessential show about creativity), is what … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to the Cads

My Brilliant Friend

A month or so back, Ursula K. Le Guin discussed Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet, expressing dismay when the “worthless prick” showed up at the end of the second book. I, too, was upset to see that character show up (I … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–The Writer’s Hazard

Last week I was off from work.  It was very nice not to get up at 5:45 and work all day, then come home and do household chores, find time to run, cook supper, and then write. Instead I got … Continue reading

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Starry Skies and Other Wonders

Crazy times, these. Elections. Zika. You name it. And yet this is an awesome and beautiful universe we live in. Here are some things that lifted my spirits: Milky Way over the Pinnacles in Australia , Image Credit: Michael Goh. … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Monroe’s Test by Jill Zeller

Monroe's Test by Jill Zeller

Monroe’s Test by Jill Zeller After losing her sister in a terrible climbing accident, Sydney Wormley’s life spins out of control. But lately things are looking up. She’s broken it off with her married boss and has begun dating handsome … Continue reading

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I is for Independent Publishing

I is for independent publishing. “Independent publishing” or “indie publishing” sprang up a few years ago, originally as a synonym for “self-published.” It contrasts with “traditional publishing” (sometimes called “legacy publishing.”) Authors who published independently and traditionally are often called … Continue reading

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The Game of Fibble

The Game of Fibble

Fibble is a game of unique potential, with all but unlimited opportunities for silliness. Continue reading

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