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.

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My daughter, Kristine, reads constantly. She is, in fact, sitting in the living room reading Lord of the Rings with a stack of history books and Jane Austen-related material next to her chair. She gets her exercise by walking to … Continue reading

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The Things People Say: Research and Redaction
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A well-known politician recently stated that the US economy “is flatlining.” This is a metaphor that refers to the loss of a heartbeat or brainwaves. It is not a statement of fact about the US economy, but there are people who will … 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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Ceci N’est Pas une Phone.
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A day in the company of other people (either virtually or mundanely) does not pass without someone making an observation about people being on their devices—chiefly their smartphones. We get comments in restaurants while awaiting our order, on public transit, … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost, the Third Part
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My first gig as a ghostwriter came about in 2005, within a week of my entire software team being laid off. I was furious on behalf of my staff, who had expected to be rewarded for the bang-up job they … Continue reading

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Writing Life: Putting It into Words
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Ursula LeGuin has said that the writer’s job is to “put into words what cannot be put into words.”  Writers of fiction—mainstream, horror, magic realism and fantasy as well as science fiction—have cheerfully (or not so cheerfully) accepted this job … Continue reading

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Let the Good Times (and Reviews) Roll
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Okay, I’m going to take my blog spot today to crow just a bit about early responses to my Bird Street Books collaboration, Devil’s Daughter: Lucinda’s Pawnshop, Book One. (With Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez.) I’m especially pleased with reviews … Continue reading

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Writing Life: Cosmic Quarters and Bubble Gum Balls
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This is a slightly edited reprint of an article I wrote way back in 2010, but I hope the information herein is timeless. Okay, so now you’re ready to write. Your butt’s in the chair, your fingers are poised over … Continue reading

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Writers vs Truthers: The Big WHY
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I commented in an earlier post that I have observed similar thought patterns and behaviors in some inexperienced writers and conspiracy theorists (or truthers, as they are often called). In my first article on the subject—“Truthers vs Writers: Time, Freeze … Continue reading

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