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Worldbuilding: Curses and Cusses

  How many Sf or fantasy novels have you read, or shows have you watched, that toss you right out when the characters started cussing and the made-up words, or euphemisms, sound totally fake? Some writers solve the problem by … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Four Seasons, or Two, or . . . ?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) “I miss seasons.” I hear this sometimes from people who move to the San Francisco Bay Area from the East Coast or the Midwest of the U.S. Truth be told, … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 11: Dolphins and Island-Hopping

This series started on Oct. 15 and continues every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne Connection. … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Natural Disasters

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) When “natural disasters” wandered through my head as a possible thing to post about, I found myself thinking, Is that really a worldbuilding topic? Aren’t natural disasters more of a … Continue reading

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Writing Promptly

Last week in doing some cleaning up, I came on a pile of writing exercises from the several years I was in my first West Coast writing group. Each meeting a member would bring in a different exercise that we … Continue reading

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Authorized Cruelty, take two

A week or so back, when the latest Marvel film, Logan, came out, I saw several posts about how bleak and violent the film was. Though most praised it for the sense of brotherhood between Logan and Charles, and toward … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Shape of the World

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’ve been re-reading the comic book series Elfquest lately, the setting of which is usually referred to as the World of Two Moons — for the very simple and obvious … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Nap Time

I set the stove timer for twenty minutes, which is much easier than fussing with the alarm clock. By the time I’ve taken five steps toward the great room, Gracie–who has been fast asleep all morning on one of the … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Builds a Spa on a Shoestring

NOTE: I’ll be back March 18 with the promised next episode of my Greek Travels, a mysterious trip through a flooded cavern labyrinth.  Here in Bellingham, WA, the “far corner” of the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been enjoying or enduring (depending … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Introduction

When I’m on a panel, or giving an interview, or answering a reader’s question, I often find myself saying that I’m “putting on my Anthropologist Hat.” You see, I spent ten years studying anthropology — first as an undergrad, then … Continue reading

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