Category Archives: Misc.

Amazon Publishing Center’s “Sliver” Marketing Module. Oops.

Updated Nov. 12, 2022 After writing this satirical blog, I did more digging on this outfit that would have us believe it is affiliated with Amazon.com. Now, I am fairly certain it is not. The marketing material is a joke, … Continue reading

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Renowned San Diego Attorney Releases Sphynx Sequel

In Return of the Sphynx: An A. J. Hawke Legal Thriller, San Diego’s district attorney proclaims the police have the notorious Sphynx rapist in custody and they have the DNA to prove it.

Upstart attorney A. J. Hawke takes on the seemingly unwinnable case, claiming the man in jail is the true rapists identical twin and he will rely on a rare genetic trait to represent his client in court. Continue reading

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Bropriating, Hepeating, and Mansplaining

My wife, Janis, did a Ross Trudeau crossword puzzle* today (especially bloody for Halloween), and she got all but one word. The clue for the word reads like this: “Taking credit for a female colleague’s idea.” She already had the … Continue reading

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A call for interdependence.

The past few days, as the fourth of July—Independence Day in the U.S.A.—approached, my thoughts went to the term “interdependence.” We all talk of freedom and individual rights and independence at this time of year, and especially in this perilous … Continue reading

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Decoration Day Honored U.S. Civil War Veterans; Later Became Memorial Day

Originally posted on Polishing Your Prose:
On May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, declared Decoration Day as a time for the nation to honor…

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 10. Final Words

Tenth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) FINAL WORDS Time and Distance Do you give yourself time away from your work—do you give yourself distance—before rereading, revising, and … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 9. Kill Your Darlings

Ninth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) KILL YOUR DARLINGS “Kill your darlings” does not mean you have to kill off your favorite characters (although it may). This … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 7. Plot

Seventh element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) PLOT This, too, may seem self-evident, but I assure you, for some authors it is not: A plot should be logical, … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 6. Characters

Sixth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) CHARACTERS Create three-dimensional characters; avoid stereotypes and cartoon characters. I know this may seem self-evident, but all too often I see … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 5. Point of View

Fifth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) POINT OF VIEW Point of View (POV) confounds many writers, but it is critical to a story, so you as writers … Continue reading

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