Monthly Archives: October 2011

Hey, Thanks for the Candy

I had a bit of a . . . complex reaction to receiving some candy from an anonymous colleague. I wanted to express how I felt about it, because, Hey! That’s what I do! But school didn’t seem to be … Continue reading

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Note: This post was originally supposed to go up on August 10th, right after my family and I got back from our cruise to Mexico, but seems to have gotten lost in the ether. Still, I thought, no reason not … Continue reading

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Goals and Tide-Me-Over-Goals: Examples from the Pros (Part 2)

In a previous post, I stated my belief that characters are pretty much only interesting if they’re trying to accomplish something. It’s incredibly common, in an unpublished manuscript, to get a good long look at a character’s life before—before everything … Continue reading

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Is your character just along for the ride? On characters and goals and tide-me-over goals (Part 1)

I try to avoid talking about craft too much on this site for a couple of reasons. One is because I don’t want this site to be boring to nonwriters. Another is because of cred: I don’t want some jackass … Continue reading

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The case of the semi-reluctant e-reader

Like a lot of nerds, I’m usually an early adopter when it comes to new technology–though I seem have a pretty decent eye for what technology isn’t actually going to make my life easier or better, and I do a … Continue reading

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Banned Books

Last week was Banned Books Week, so to celebrate I read as many banned/challenged books as I could. I spent a couple days sick in bed, so that gave me a little more time. The first and best book I … Continue reading

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