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.

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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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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What’s in a Word?
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I imagine everyone has heard of the dueling court judgements regarding the nations’s new healthcare law—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—lovingly referred to as Obamacare. (No, I am not being at all facetious, in my household “Obamacare” is an affectionate pet … Continue reading


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Don’t Crush That Writer (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – Three
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Last time I talked about some of the responsibilities the members of a critique group or writers’ workshop had to the writer whose work they were critiquing. This time, I’d like to address the responsibilities of the writer, which go … Continue reading


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Don’t Crush That Writer (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – Two
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There are two parties involved in critique: the critiquer and the critiquee. Okay, I just made those words up. So, let’s say there is the giver of the critique and the recipient of the critique. This is true whether the parties are … Continue reading


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