Author Archives: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

About Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Writer of speculative fiction as the result of a horrible childhood incident involving Klaatu and a robot named Gort. Author of The Mer Cycle trilogy.

A Duel of Words: Dialogue and Action, Part 1
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My annual stint in an online writers’ conference (the Catholic Writer’s Conference, of which I’ve been a non-Catholoic guest for the past several years) has me doing a chat workshop on writing dialogue and action. And, as often happens, this … Continue reading

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Visiting Lucinda’s Pawnshop
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I’m pausing in my writing rants to promote a non-Book View Cafe book that will be released in July of 2015 by Bird Street Books.  The book is Devil’s Daughter which we—the creative team behind said novel—hope will spawn a … Continue reading

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Words and the War of the World View

I’ve spent the last week or so poring over materials on street harassment for a presentation and a series of blogs I want to do. Harassment has become rather a high-profile item because—among other things—several women in the last several years have been killed for rejecting the advances of … Continue reading

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PEN International’s Global Campaign
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This week, I’m passing along an article from the Bahá’í World News Service about the efforts of PEN International to defend persecuted writers the world over. I include a link to the original posting of the story interested readers can … Continue reading

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POV #1—Why Point of View Matters
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One of the most significant factors in a reader’s experience of a story is the point of view from which it is told. That is, whose senses readers are going to be asked to experience the story through, whose head … Continue reading

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What’s in a Word: Shared Worlds/Shared Words
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brown and white eggs

In my last article on word-smithery, I made the observation that “There are two parties to [the author-reader relationship], of course, the writer has to know how to use the words, but the reader has to know how to read … Continue reading

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Building the Fictional House
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There’s a very cute little meme on the Interwebs that is supposed to be a writer’s Mission Statement for the day. It goes like this: 1) Drink coffee. 2) Make stuff up. Sounds good. Gives writers a chuckle. But it’s only … Continue reading

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What’s in a Word: Emotional Atmosphere
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Like all writers, I have a special relationship with words. In my case, I love them. I am fascinated by the way they work (or fail to work), the myriad ways in which they can be misunderstood, misused, even abused … Continue reading

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The “Rules” of Writing
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(This article is a “reprint” from our first year of operating Book View Cafe—2008) Robert Heinlein posited that there were two rules of writing: 1.  You must write. 2.  You must finish what you write. That’s easy enough to say, … Continue reading

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Aliens in Hell
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As a writer of science fiction, I found creationist Ken Ham’s commentary on alien life and the space program absurd and thought provoking. For those of you who missed it, in response to NASA’s expectation of finding alien life in … Continue reading

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