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Four Ways To Develop An Idea: A NaNoWriMo Prompt

I didn’t like the actual prompt for developing an idea for four ways, unsurprisingly enough so I decided to adapt the prompt to ponder some of the thought experiments I am doing for my upcoming novel plan for this November. … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To Sky Ferreira?

When I was looking up information about Sky Ferreira’s debut album, I was struck by the familiarity of some of the names of people who were writing and producing her music with her. One name in particular stood out, only … Continue reading

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What The Willow Knows

Yesterday evening while I was at dinner, a longtime friend of mine sent me a story about a BBC writer who had been unceremoniously kicked out of Russia after having asked obvious but uncomfortable questions to the pro-Russian ruler of … Continue reading

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Nothing Left But The Think Pieces

It would be hypocritical in the extreme for someone who writes as many think pieces of one kind or another to be hostile to them as a whole. Nonetheless, there is something immensely dispiriting about the thought of the sort … Continue reading

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On The Conditions Of Writing

I find myself often pondering not only about writing but about the conditions in which writing is possible. I say this in the midst of what must be the hottest summer on record here in Oregon’s history, and I can … Continue reading

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Empathy And The Writer

It is fortunate that with most of us reading and writing, listening and singing, and other complementary activities go together. Becoming familiar with the creativity of others feeds one’s own creativity in a variety of ways. It gives us something … Continue reading

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It’s All Been Said Before

I am often intrigued by the communication problems that other people have. As someone who has spent my life struggling mightily with various aspects of communication, it has often struck me that a great many people feel very deeply and … Continue reading

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On The Shared Universe Problem

What is the difference between writers in the past and writers of the past? The people of history did not view themselves as living in the past, but rather they were living in the present and were not burdened with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Writing Family History Made Very Easy: A Beginner’s Guide, by Noeline Kyle This book is a bit frustrating to read for a variety of reasons, and there were a couple of things about this book that made it far less … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lost In The Grooves

Lost In The Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed, edited by Kim Coooper and David Smay, illustrations by Tom Neely Often I find it easy to rag on hipsters, among whom these authors would definitely be included, … Continue reading

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