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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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Brian Fies on Writing

Well, since I can’t find anything worthwhile to say about writing, here’s a blatant steal from Brian Fies on story-telling.  Click here. Brian is talking about graphic novels, a specific technique, but notice what he has to say about timing, pacing … Continue reading

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From the Sublime to the Funtime

Sunday afternoon I participated in a Japanese tea ceremony, a contemplative, educational cultural event.  Later that same day I attended the Sonoma-Marin Region of Nanowrimo’s Thank God It’s Over party—a cultural event also, of a different culture.   Our thoughtful … Continue reading

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Revision is Hell–Part I

The other night I had a dream that I was in an old inn that was being renovated. I was on the first floor. The place was draped with tarps, tangled with scaffolding. In between the sawdust, scaffolds and drapes … Continue reading

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Arabesk: A Tour Guide You Can Trust

The Arabesk Series Pashazade Effendi Felaheen Jon Courtenay Grimwood Spectra Fiction When I first see Ashraf al-Masur, it is through Felix Abrinsky’s eyes. Felix is in a place with architectural features I’m not familiar with, in a city whose name … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin; Heaven’s Gift to Lazy Bloggers

By “lazy bloggers,” I do not mean the pure and powerful blogosphere voices like Shannyn Moore or AK Muckraker aka Jeanne Devon of themudflats.net; or the guy who writes the Immoral Minority. These tireless and courageous bloggers introduced America to … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Starts in 6 Weeks!

It’s that time again. Soon we’ll hear the screams of football fans—oh, we’re hearing that already—the susurrus of gentle autumn rains, the rustle of fallen leaves, and the frantic clicking of hundreds of thousands of keyboards, as the NaNoWriMo community … Continue reading

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