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Sunday, June 3, 2007

The Novelization Process

When my grandmother gave me that typewriter in the days of yore, I never thought of writing as a process. In fact, I never considered writing as an element in a process called "authoring." Who would, until you've done it? I was always amazed by the authors who wrote complex stories-journeys to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Wikipedia Experience - The Torture Rack

I will most likely offend a good many people who either swear by Wikipedia or contribute to its existance, but I have had it with that website and cannot recommend the experience to anyone who can either put two words together in a sentence or can read two words in a sentence. I guess, I am one of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Back to School Special

I started school at age 5 in 1952 and had my last formal day of schooling (Doctoral classes at Columbia U) at age 29 in 1976 - 24 years of it - and although I look back upon the classroom with fondness, I can't think of another place I would rather NOT be. A good education is what you need to get a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 4, 2006

I Won 2nd Place in aFlash Contest

These are bragging rights. Still winning anything for me is a rare occurance, except with Flash as the medium, it's not luck. It's skill. For those interested in reading this 500 word story - Ch'i Lin and the Cup here's the link:... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Adjectivefying and Pedestalling Cliches

Anyone who knows an Editor's bane, knows that using a cliche as a descriptive is sure to bring down a rain of terror on a fledgling writer. Case in point— rain of terror (which is also a pun deserving a double lashing). Professional fiction writers will also tell you that life without a cliche... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


Sorry I've been away, dear readers, but two weeks ago I was mangled in an Auto accident. I, the victim, as I was hit, suffered a broken arm, which one could call a "lucky break," because I'm alive. The car is dead. My budget is dead, but I'm managing with only one hand, a pretty stiff sentence for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Getting a Litarary Agent

I posted this on Ariala's BLOG this morning as a comment, but decided to elevate it to my own BLOG space. So here and Thanks ariala for opening this discussion. Getting a Literary Agent is almost as hard as getting a publisher and the real Literary Agent does not charge up front fees (just as... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Ten Things I could Be Doing Instead of Blogging:

1 - Discovering rare metal objects beneath the sands at Coney Island (complete with bum's hat). 2 - Polling the stockholders for another general issue now that my Goober size Blackberry has been patented in Lesotho. 3 - Sipping hemlock on the alter of Isis in my underground city of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Do You DO Tolkien?

Often, those of us write in the FANTASY/ADVENTURE genre state that our work is TOLKIENESQUE. Rarely do we mean to imply that it is filled with Hobbits and Orcs, or sometimes we do. Stephen King, for example, whose genre is HORROR, has clearly created a Tolkienesque work in The Dark Tower Series and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 12, 2006

So the President wants to Know what Porn Numbers we Dial

So the Phone company has sold us all down the river—or so says the latest allegations (hell, not allegations—actual facts) and all of us now have a little folder with our... well not name on it, but our phone number. So what if the President finds out that we've called a Porn line for hot telephone... Sign in to see full entry.

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