Monthly Archives: April 2010

Grammar is still important

It saddens me to see that the debate over whether an author should know grammar and how to spell never ends. We do need it, is because it allows the thoughts to flourish, and the established standards do that. Yes, … Continue reading

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Please don’t use communication misunderstands as conflict

First, a disclaimer: This isn’t about all misunderstandings, it’s about in a specific context – the misunderstanding can be resolved in literally seconds if only the characters would speak to each other. This isn’t a broad generalization. Now to the … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, everyone reacts differently

People’s reactions are always amazing. What one person laughs at another gets angry over. Two people hear a lie, one doesn’t believe it, the other thinks it is gospel. Two hear truth, one doubts and the other endorses it. That’s … Continue reading

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What art can be

Happy, sad, angry, mournful. Basic words that describe emotions that can have a full range of complexities. We understand happy well enough. Mad, easy to understand as well. And on some levels, we understand the more complex emotions with just … Continue reading

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Multiple novel voices

Each novel should have its own voice. What is a voice? To put it simply, style. Compare these three passages from three different books, all written by me. First, a for-fun book: Kenji felt a twinge of pride arising in … Continue reading

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Revise, revise, revise; the self-publisher’s constancy

As I edit and revise Dangerous Rainbows, I noticed a couple of odd mistakes that weren’t picked up by MS Word. Love it or hate it, MS Word is extremely good for doing the final revisions to a book. I … Continue reading

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There is no war

I keep hearing about ebook wars. Or kindle versus iPad wars, specifically. Why can’t we all just work together? Kindle is. Kindle is no longer a physical device. It’s a platform. It’s Amazon’s gateway to ebooks. Much like iTunes is … Continue reading

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The Absolute Beauty of Pandora Radio

I listen to Pandora constantly. At work, it is a saving grace. But, for some reason, I’ve run across people who prefer other services that only play “the music I tell it to play.” They are entitled to their opinion. … Continue reading

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Discovering original thoughts aren’t original

Nicole Humphrey wonders how many plots exist. I agree that it’s dependent on various circumstances, but it seems strange to think that there is a limited number. It may be the case that there is only a limited number of … Continue reading

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After 5pm writing

I have a day job. I have also written two books in the course of two years. One is completeĀ and the other is being edited. Which is what this is about. Book writing for the first book was 6 months … Continue reading

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