Category Archives: writing

Writing clichés redux

So, my last post was driven by realizing that I keep seeing the same thing over and over in what I’ve been reading. I really did intend to open up the laptop tonight and at least consider thinking about finishing … Continue reading

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Why do writers keep committing clichés?

Syfy (I still find it hard to write that instead of SciFi) recently debuted a new show called Continuum; the briefest possible summary I can come up with is that it starts in 2077 and a bunch of anarchists send … Continue reading

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Writers’ Tricks of the Trade – Morgan St. James (LTER)

Wow. This is a LibraryThing Early Reviewer book, and I’m really reconsidering whether I’ll finish this or not. The one-star rating this wears on LT and GoodReads right now is provisional; I honestly don’t know if I’ll go open it … Continue reading

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LTER: Brewing Fine Fiction

This is a compilation of pieces by denizens of a website who have been published: the tag line for the book is “Advice for writers from the authors at Book View Café”.  It is an extremely mixed bag, in content … Continue reading

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LTER: Writing Horses: Judith Tarr

Been too long – I’ve been eBaying like mad, trying to free up some space and also earn a bit of money to pay for Clarence (the still-hateful Buick). I received (via email) this book quite a while ago, and … Continue reading

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Anne of Avonlea — and not (episode 4)

I was going to go on as usual and write a post about the remainder of the BBC Anne of Avonlea, but … there’s too much.  (I don’t even have the heart to make that a Princess Bride reference.)  My … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: the aftermath

Okay.  So.  NaNoWriMo is over.  It was a truly wonderful experience.  The 50K + words (about 62K) have been written, recorded, and verified.  It would have been very cool to have kept a blog about the process, but I begrudged … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo – Winnah!

I was fairly sure I could do it – – but!  By the NaNoWriMo word count validator I hit 50,651 words at about 6:55 pm.   And it feels amazing.  I was what they fondly call a “NaNo rebel” – I did … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Culture

There are a lot of reasons I don’t like the internet. I know, stupid to say, given the number of hours I rack up and, well, my current mode of expression. But seriously – the trolls often seem to outnumber … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Approacheth!

I can’t remember where I first heard about National Novel Writing Month … but I think my first reaction to it was “You’re kidding, right?”  The goal, you see, is to write a full novel in a month (November): 50,000 … Continue reading

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