Monthly Archives: April 2013

On writing humor

Every once in a while I try to write a funny short story.  I often fail. Humor can be tricky and difficult, because not everyone has the same sense of humor.  Writing a story that I find funny but maybe … Continue reading

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Let’s talk net worth

Today is the final day for filing 2012 taxes here in the U.S.  And I’m sure that anyone with any desire to do so can find any number of articles about writing and taxes. (Hint: You should think about tracking … Continue reading

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The Problem of the Failed Story

I happen to like the short stories I’ve written.  (Well, except for that karmic dog poop story.  Thankfully, I killed that after the first draft.  Note to self: Just because you wish you had a super power that would allow … Continue reading

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Writing Style vs. Grammar

When I was in school and learning grammar (which I hated–I swore I’d misuse whom ’til the day I died just to spite certain grammar zealots like my friend’s mom), grammar was presented as some sort of absolute set of … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Telling Your Own Story

Yesterday Books & Such had a good post: A Complicated Genre – Telling Your Own Story about the unique challenges that people who choose to write about their history of abuse face in finding a market and audience for that … Continue reading

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Choosing to Die

This is not directly writing-related, but it’s on my mind at the moment and something I seem to have had a bizarre amount of experience with. As I write this, my grandpa has chosen to die.  He’s 85 years old, … Continue reading

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Why am I not writing?

I should be.  Right now.  I’ve moved into the new place.  Things are unpacked so the clutter of boxes and furniture that isn’t where it should be is no longer an excuse. 

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Yes. This.

Chuck Wendig: Fuck The Straight Line: How Story Rebels Against Expectation Sometimes someone just sums up things in exactly the right way.  I want to take parts of this blog post, print them out and paste them on my wall … Continue reading

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Using your words

(First, a PSA for anyone like me who doesn’t pay attention to what day it is all the time.  Today is April Fool’s Day in the States, which means you should not trust any big news announcements made today.  A … Continue reading

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