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Just Do It: The Art of Reading for an Audience

This weekend past I was a reader at SF in SF, the San Francisco SF reading series. I like reading to an audience–I’m a lapsed Theatre major, and while I’m not a great actor, the opportunity to ham it up still appeals. … Continue reading

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Boeing Boeing: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  The farce is one of the most ancient forms of drama. I am certain that Plato sat in the amphitheater in Athens and watched slamming doors and actors chasing each other around the stage socking each … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Names and Their Meaning

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I originally thought I would get through the topic of names in a single post. (More fool me.) Let’s move on to what names mean. On the wall of my … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: When Good Washing Machines Go Bad

It’s a dangerous business, going through your cellar door. You never know what might need fixing. Case in point: last week, after a few days of beautiful weather which finally allowed me to get into the garden and start the … Continue reading

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Enceladus

(Picture from here.) NASA has announced some new findings from the Cassini probe. In 2015, Enceladus produced a geyser that Cassini managed to fly through. In its mass spectrometer, it detected molecular hydrogen. This is hydrogen that is only bonded … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 12: The Caverns at Pyrgos Dirou

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: What’s In a Name?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Continuing on from the discussion of phonology, I want to get into names — not how they sound, but how they’re used. When I’m reading, I see a huge number … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Phonology the Easy Way

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’m not likely to get too deep into the subject of conlanging — constructing languages — in this series. It’s a topic that can literally fill a book on its … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Microgreens

The robins are hopping around the back yard, scratching at dead grass and shrinking patches of snow. There are some signs of things emerging from winter’s icy grip–the crocuses have popped up in the last couple of days, and the … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Part 3: Explaining the Inexplicable: Mozambique.

It is March, 2017. I am in Mozambique—Maputo, the capital city to be precise—at a fancy hotel on the beach. Beyond this deck the Indian Ocean laps the shore like a contented cat at a bowl of milk. My colleagues … Continue reading

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