Write Hacks 11: When your notes get too long

My latest write hack, when I find a movenot running long, is to break it up into summary bullet points and put the bullet points at the top of the file. That way I don’t have to read every movenot to the end looking for that great idea about Amanda being an army brat and how I fleshed it out to the tune of 25K worth of notes.

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Ceci N’est Pas une Phone.
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A day in the company of other people (either virtually or mundanely) does not pass without someone making an observation about people being on their devices—chiefly their smartphones. We get comments in restaurants while awaiting our order, on public transit, … Continue reading

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The Cat’s Still Alive (and Dead)! — Schrödinger Sessions

Not really Schrödinger’s cat, but she is in a box. I’ve just come back from an incredible weekend at the Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction, at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, near Washington, D.C. The … Continue reading

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Dusting Cobwebs: Or, the Internet is Constantly Becoming Obsolete

I’ve put it off for over a week, ever since I last faced the ancient web site…the ancient software needed to update it. Over a decade ago, I grabbed the best solution available to build a text site for a shoestring nonprofit run by a nationally respected visionary. They wanted fast downloads on already obsolete machines, on dial up systems. They wanted more text than most people could imagine. They wanted it easy on the eyes.

People still go to it, despite its age. Its most valuable commodity needs updating. That has been what I’ve been up to, in the dark hours. Once again, perhaps for the last time, I go to update www.UniversalLivingWage.org.

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Author Interview: Amy Sterling Casil

Writer Amy Sterling Casil is simultaneously the most forthright and most deceptive person you may ever read. Casil is someone who can make exquisite art and teach a room full of people to start thinking. Casil is also a former child who “dug the wires out of Barbie’s legs and popped off her head, much to my dismay when I realized that head was never going to be quite right ever again even with ample glue and child-like blow-torching.”

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