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.

The Things People Say—2
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A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night; some of the officers were killed, police said. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

As regular readers of my articles know, I have a bit of an issue with the way that people—especially highly public and influential people—use and abuse language. Some do this intentionally to manipulate their audience; others do it unintentionally out … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghostwriter: Scene-Craft
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My favorite clients are the ones that ask questions, because it means they’re curious enough about the process of writing that they want to understand it. Those questions may be specific: ”On page 50 of my manuscript, why did you … Continue reading

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Sentence-like Sequences of Words
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Today, communication fans, I’d like to dismantle four sentence-like sequences of words that have something in common: muddled meanings caused by a poor (or possibly clever) choice of words. Who said them and with what intent is irrelevant to the … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Professional Amateur # 11: Bad Attitude

Sample scenario: Toyoshi’s voice came raggedly over the phone. “Riyoko is in trouble. She’s been casting spells at midnight to call forth a Wretched Demon and I’m pretty sure it’s working. One more spell and her soul will be completely … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Professional Amateur # 10: The Great Info-Dump in the Sky

“Pleased to meet you,” the bartender said, shaking Jon’s hand. “You must be Jon Chandler. I think you ought to know that Colonel Mustard hired a man to sabotage your friend’s brakes. He’s a bad one, that Colonel.” The writer of … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Professional Amateur # 9: Serendipity (or Writing by the Seat of Your Pants)
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Baldric concocted a cunning plan to scare the killer lawn gnome into staying away from the cave entrance so he could sneak in. He then grabbed the magical hedge trimmers and scarpered off into the forest. Writers sometimes use expositional sentences like … Continue reading

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Grrr … Argh … Rhetoric Meets Reality
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Let’s write a reality check. I’ve heard a number of times over the past several months from news sources trusted by a great number of Americans, from pundits and political operatives and from a moderator at  a recent debate, that … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghostwriter, Part 4: Writing Essentials

A client for my ghostwriting and editing services—I shall call him Rocky—once asked me what essential things a writer must do to lay the foundations for a writing career. He wasn’t asking about the writing itself, he explained, but about … Continue reading

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Heroes
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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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