Archive | June 2012

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It’s All a Question of What the Answer is…

Questions are easy to come by. The answers can be much more elusive.  Am I talented? Is my writing marketable? Why doesn’t my book sell?  As fellow blogger and author, Chris Galford asked in a recent post, “Are we bad writers or merely struggling writers?” The answer is a matter of perspective.  Someone with less […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Faeries

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Faeries. Here is my offering. If it sounds familiar this is […]

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Tools for Starting and Finishing.

Writing is a passion and a talent that comes from within like all other creative forms. It all boils down to how well you are at choosing and stringing words together in such an order that informs, entertains, angers, saddens, delights, or moves you in other ways. While I do not believe that talent can […]

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22 Rules to Write By

When in doubt steal. I stole this from a blog by Jen Yamato that was posted back on June 13. The post consists of 22 tweets from Emma Coats, storyboard artist for Pixar Animation that Jen had assembled all in one place (actually, Yamato stole it from Pixar who stole it from Coats first and […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Medicine

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Medicine. Here is my offering: The smoke whirled and eddied—blue and […]

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Exploring Frontal Lobotomies, Freezer Burn, True Facts and Hippopotami

I find the English language fascinating. I’ve posted observations on a few of the oddities of the English language: similes, metaphors, purple prose, malapropisms, homophones, and cliched phrases. Well, here are a few more to add to that list: spoonerisms, oxymorons, pleonasms, and non-standard plurals. Spoonerisms, named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner, are not technically […]

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Pomp and Circumstance

Indulge me.  It’s time for a little bragging.  Today my son Nicholas graduates from High School.  I knew the day would come, and I had no doubt that he would graduate but believe me there were a few times when we were holding our breath.  Over 18 years ago he joined the population with a […]

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