Monthly Archives: February 2013

Introducing Granny Grammar (Or, Granny Grammar and the Helium-Filled Commas)

Look here, you little pipsqueaks. From what I see, some of y’all didn’t pay proper attention to your lessons in school. Or maybe the schoolmarm wasn’t doing her job — too busy daydreaming about some young man, perhaps, to care … Continue reading

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Cuts and Rewrites Are No Joke

I heard this joke when I was a kid: Back in the 1800s, an American college student goes to Germany to study, and while he’s there, he visits the city of Leipzig. He hears a rumor that the remains of … Continue reading

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Thinking about Scenes

When I first got started with this fiction writing thing, I was a little surprised to see discussions about “scenes.” What’s this? We’re not writing screen or stage plays here. Being a bit dense, it took me awhile to get … Continue reading

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Looking for Adventure?

A few weeks ago I saw this on a person’s Twitter profile: I am looking for an adventure. Something that will change my life and my career. My first thought was that the person in question wasn’t apt to find … Continue reading

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Seasons

The Bible talks about it in the book of Ecclesiastes. The Byrds sang about it in their hit 1968 song “Turn, Turn, Turn.” We see it played out annually. To everything there is a time, a season. I love living … Continue reading

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What’s So Bad About Feeling Grateful?

In 1968, George Peppard and Mary Tyler Moore starred in the movie What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? The story is about a virus with strange symptoms: it makes people feel happy. Gracious, we can’t have that! So in the … Continue reading

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