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In Which I Get Grammar-Snobby and Reality Immediately Smacks Me

I’m not an expert on English grammar but that doesn’t stop me from being a grammar snob. I cluck and tsk and roll my eyes as I  observe punctuation errors and other grammar errors, not just in the comments section … Continue reading

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The Battle for the Wand

“You have to write something for the blog. It’s been seven days. You were doing to post twice a week, remember? Can’t you honor any commitments?” It hasn’t been a week, I thought. It’s been four days. I’m still within … Continue reading

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Field Trip!

I’ve never read an urban fantasy set in Vallejo, California, so I’m trying to write one. To me, if you’re going to write urban fantasy the urban center you choose must be vividly depicted, so I had to get to … Continue reading

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Make a Scene, by Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Writer friend Terry Connolly introduced me to Jordan E. Rosenfeld at this year’s MCWC. Rosenfeld has a craft book called Make a Scene; Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time. “Scene” as a narrative choice had been a … Continue reading

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Three King’s Day

Tomorrow is Three Kings Day, Epiphany, and also called Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s play was commissioned to be performed on Epiphany Eve). In Christian mythology, it celebrates the visit of three kings, “wise men” or wizards (Magi) to see the infant … Continue reading

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The Small Right Thing

Jude’s dad wasn’t the only one named. His two best friends on the force, Bill Malvasio and Phil Strock, faced the same charges: jacking drug dealers, basically. Jude remembered thinking at the time (and on and off in the years since)that thousands … Continue reading

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Zero History

Zero History, William Gibson Putman, 2010 I’m a little disappointed in the plot of Zero History, but I’m not disappointed in the book. Gibson’s latest reunites us with Hollis Henry, former lead singer of the Curfew, currently unemployed.  Hollis had … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week; John Crowley

This is the quote I originally planned to use, from Endless Things: “. . . For readers, time in a novel goes only one way; the past told of in the turned pages is fixed, and the future, nonexistent till … Continue reading

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Aegypt Alphabet

Someone at work asked me what John Crowley’s Aegypt quartet was about, and I gave the answer I’ve always given, no matter where I was in the cycle.  I said, “I have no idea what these books are about.  I … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week; John Crowley, ENDLESS THINGS

  There is more than one history of the world—John Crowley, Aegypt This wasn’t the quote I was going to use.  I was going to list the quote about how the writer with a novel is, like God, is outside … Continue reading

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