Monthly Archives: June 2015

Freaks And Geeks

I’ve only recently started watching Freaks and Geeks, the TV series from 1999 that ran for one season. It’s about going to high school in 1982 (pretty sure that’s the date, given that the Who’s farewell tour is part of … Continue reading

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You Aren’t Special . . . Yet

If you are planning to sell your writing, you need to remember that you are not a special snowflake. I know you’ve heard that a lot, but it’s important to understand it. It’s important to understand that you need to … Continue reading

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Jurassic World

I’ve been pretty lucky recently to be able to get out and see movies. My wife and I had the chance to see a movie on Sunday, and she expressed an interest in Jurassic World. It’s not a movie I … Continue reading

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Fiction Friday: The Boltcutter – the Service

The Boltcutter: the Service At least three of the watchers Deng attributed to Alor remained within sight of the safehouse. The “merchant” had closed up shop and how sat in front of his store, conversing with the two “mechanics.” He … Continue reading

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Description Comes Later

I am the first to admit that I am not good with description. My first drafts are often like scripts with dialogue and character action but very little setting description. In the past, I’ve struggled to force myself to include … Continue reading

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John Carter, a Review

I’m actually surprised to be writing this review. I thought I would have written one long ago, when I first saw this movie. Searching through the archives, though, it seems I totally missed it. John Carter is an adaptation of … Continue reading

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Write What You Read

Everyone has heard “write what you know.” How people define “know” is, of course, variable, but it is fair enough advice on the face of it – if you don’t know about sub-hunting in WWII, don’t write fiction about sub-hunting … Continue reading

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Peter Capaldi’s Doctor

Netflix has added season 8 of the revived Doctor Who, the one with Peter Capaldi has the Doctor. My wife and I had enjoyed the revived Doctor Who but lost track somewhere around Matt Smith’s second or third season. I … Continue reading

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Friday Fiction: The Boltcutter – Intrigue

The Boltcutter: Intrigue They had turned onto an exceptionally wide track – Reno had stopped calling them roads – and Deng pointed along their route. “I’ve got a place right there, next to the construction . . .” Deng’s voice … Continue reading

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Unconscious Inspiration

Sometimes, you find inspiration in another work and you don’t even try to hide it: my story “Farewell, Something Lovely” is a rip-off of the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely. I’m okay with admitting my story uses the ideas and … Continue reading

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