Monthly Archives: June 2012

A little Hayibo humor

I think it’s important to occasionally view the world from a different angle.  And one of my South African friends linked to Hayibo a while back and I now stop by and read their articles every so often.  Funny as hell.  … Continue reading

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The A- Student Approach to Life

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now, because it’s part of my basic life philosophy, but I’ve also hesitated to write it, because what works for me doesn’t work for everyone. So, I’m going to write … Continue reading

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Writing to show culture

Today, during jury duty, I finished reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith. To me it was an excellent novel for how the writing (word choice, character names, description, etc.) showed the … Continue reading

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Paying attention to readers…(in this case – my mom)

My mom and I had lunch today.  (It’s my birthday and she was kind enough to inform me how she was so exhausted after I was born that she really wasn’t even happy to see me.  Thanks Mom.  Love you, too, … Continue reading

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Mental pollution

I’m happy to report that I have safely completed my travels — twenty-six hours door to door, fifteen of it spent on three different planes.  I should’ve written yesterday, but sometimes life happens.  In this case, a dead car battery … Continue reading

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Did I just write a genre novel or a literary novel?

I’m trying not to think about my novel as it “rests” after the second draft, but it’s hard.  And one of the questions I keep asking myself is, “am I going to be able to find an agent or a … Continue reading

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Viewpoint or tense issues? Don’t sweat it.

I’m currently reading a “best-seller” that I’d heard a lot about last year.  I downloaded it at some point and have finally gotten around to reading it.  And the lesson I’m learning from this book is that you can engage … Continue reading

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“You have to write about things that are interesting…”

“You know, like fights and car chases and evil people pursuing you.” Mmhm.  Wrong. I think this is an example of good advice that has been twisted out of shape.  It’s not that you have to write about things that are … Continue reading

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Writers and Depression Revisited

I ran across a pretty powerful post by Jim C. Hines yesterday discussing his recent struggles with depression and thought I’d share it here. So, Jim C. Hines on Counseling (Depression).  (I blogged about writers and depression before here when I ran across a … Continue reading

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Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades

So, I got my first “almost there” rejection over the weekend.  And, me being me, I went through a sort of bizarre mental process.  In a world of grade inflation and participation prizes it’s so much harder to judge where … Continue reading

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