Bunkbeds

Grace and I had bunk beds.  They were bought second-hand. I’m not sure if it was a garage sale or an ad in the paper. I have a vague memory of visiting a stranger’s house with my dad.  The house was white painted wood and tall and right up on its driveway with no side-yard. […]

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The NanoWriMo Post Mortem Post

I had attempted to write this novel before.  First as a short story of about 10,000 words. When my writing workshop all said “this should be a novel,” I expanded it to about 28,000 words without adding any plot.  My goal for National Novel Writing Month was to finish a complete draft 50,000 words longer, […]

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Write like a bricklayer

I used to think that writing would be like being an acrobat… performing breathless feats, leaving my audience stunned on the ground.  Sure, there would be practice, grueling hours of it (didn’t we have “writing exercises”  in school?) but that wouldn’t be the real work. I would practice and practice and then, when the time […]

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Nanowrimo 2016

Yup, I’m doing “National Novel Writing Month”. This month, I’m going to work on “Galactic Hellcats,” a tale of adventure and girl gangs in space.  With space motorcycles. Shhh. I started “Galactic Hellcats” a while ago, as a short story called “The Origins of the Stardust Gang.”  I have about 10,000 words written. I think? […]

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I Love My Team and I Hate Their Name

I’m a big sports fan, and a big home-town fan. A backer. This isn’t surprising because sports fandom is, in a way, hometown fandom. It’s not that there aren’t people who support teams from places other than their own town (weirdos) but I would guess a majority of sports fans root for the team they […]

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Autumn Leaves

Walking home yesterday I noticed a particularly lovely autumn leaf. I thought about the chemistry involved.  Acidity and the starting composition of the leaf vary the amount of yellow and red as the chlorophyl is used up and the green fades. Different densities of chemicals in different parts cause the leaf to change from (to […]

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I hate something you like!

Humans are social creatures, and as social creatures, we exchange thoughts and opinions in the search for friendship.  Remember The Sims?  Yeah. That was actually pretty accurate. When we interact with people, we bring up subjects, safer, broader ones at first, and look for consensus.  We like people who like what we like. For better […]

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