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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 14: Ancient Akrotiri on Santorini

Enter the eerie ruins of ancient Akrotiri, where ash from the catastrophic volcanic eruption of the island Thera in 1600 BC buried and preserved beautiful images of the vanished Minoan-style culture. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Nostalgia for the Future

Starfarers Omnibus

I am rarely nostalgic for events in my own past. There are periods I remember loving — being at Clarion West, for example — but I don’t want to go back there now. I’ve changed and the world has changed … Continue reading

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We Have All Been Here Before

I know that history (and yes, we’re soaking in history right this very second) comes in cycles. I find this comforting when my government seems to be having a breakdown, and some of my fellow citizens have forgotten the basics … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 13: The Dramatic Island of Santorini!

Wander in a daze with Thor and me as we take in the “insanely dramatic” views of the whitewashed cubic labyrinth perched on the edge of a volcanic caldera high above the Aegean Sea. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip … Continue reading

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Discovering My Writing Process

After all these years, I’ve finally figured out my writing process. It goes something like this: Get a bit of inspiration. Write until it begins to take shape as a story. Sit on it a bit, read it, and then … Continue reading

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The Man Who Invented Christmas: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I’ve been fascinated for a long time by movies and books that depict the creative process. Most depictions of writers, especially on TV are utterly unrealistic. All those impoverished novelists mysteriously living in penthouses in New … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer: I Dodge a Bullet

This is a true story. The names and titles have been changed to protect the guilty. A longtime collaborator whose movie script I was novelizing referred a client to me. ”He approached me to do this,” he said, ”but I … Continue reading

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Auntie Deborah Holds Forth on Writing Topics

Q: Can I learn to write novels from movies? If so, which movies? A: Rather than specific movies, watch those director’s commentaries in which the process of story construction is discussed. For example, in the extended DVD editions of The Lord of … Continue reading

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Within My Teaching Box (the Stroumph! edition)

How do we bring our readers into a new world with us? How do we make them accept that this world is real? I have many tools for this in my teaching box. Most of my tools for this are … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 10: Ancient and Medieval Artifacts

The hulking, fortified city walls and buildings of Medieval Rhodes shelter fragile remnants of ancient Greece, still hauntingly evocative after thousands of years. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, I had been longing to … Continue reading

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