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Alma’s Bookshelf: “Secrets of Jin-shei”

Weave and spin, weave and spin… (When is China not China? or, What is this thing called fantasy, really?)   I spend half my life living in dreams, in alternate realities. That might sound bizarre to some, even verging on … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Crafting a Scene

You learned it in ninth grade English, right?  Almost every short story starts with rising action, moves through complications, reaches a climax, and ends with falling action.  Novels work the same way. And so should your scenes. Many times, new … 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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State of the Author Dealing With A Copyedit, in gifs

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Ow: Equestrian Edition

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Actually not the horse kind. The human kind. This week, I asked fellow writers to ask questions about what they want or need to know about handling and living with horses. Writer and artist M.C.A. Hogarth responded with a great … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays: The Hunger for Information

A while ago, I was invited to speak at the Kent District Library’s annual writer’s conference.  I have a number of regular workshops and speeches ready to go, so I ran them past the coordinator, and she asked me to … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Present: Zootopia

(Picture from here.) Zootopia is, of course, the newest Disney animated film. While it is computer generated animation, this is not a Pixar film. It doesn’t look like Pixar. It doesn’t tell story like Pixar. If anything, it in some … Continue reading

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The Ages of Writing

I think we all begin writing in an Age of Innocence, that period of time when you’re just discovering something fascinating and new, falling in love, if you like, writing for the rush of joy and of adrenaline when something … 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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Original Vision vs. Compromising With the Market

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A recent discussion with a fairly new, immensely talented writer highlighted for me a dilemma that most of us will face sooner or later. What do we do when what we really want to write, when the stories that catch … Continue reading

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