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Blogging, Writing, and Ginger

I wrote my first short story when I was in Middle School. It wasn’t very good, but I did have fun writing it. It was a bit of SciFi fluff about some colony meeting a bad end. It was followed

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Completed Rough Draft

When I was in the 7th Grade I had an English Teacher who gave me a brown paper bag filled with old issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. I read all the stories, comics, reviews, and commentaries. Many of

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Elephant Girl

“We’ve got two lives — one we’re given and the other one we make.” ― Mary Chapin Carpenter Jane Devin doesn’t agree with Mary Chapin Carpenter, she has a more deterministic view of the universe. Jane sees her life as

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Dear Suzanne Collins

Are you a fan of The Matrix?  I love The Matrix, it’s a near perfect film with it’s classic hero’s story.  I loved the characters, I loved the story, and I loved the look of the film.  Then the Wachowski

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Writing and~Uh, Not Writing

I’ve got a couple of weeks off.  It’s not all that unusual, but it’s not all that common either.  So I am writing.  Sort of. I have the better part of a rough draft, which is the easy part for

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Blood, Bone, & Butter

There are times while reading Blood, Bone, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton that I find myself smiling from the simple pleasure of her prose.  A good writer can tell you how she makes pasta.  A great writer makes you want

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This Page Intentionally Left Blank

There are times when the words don’t flow as they used to.  Or I don’t put the effort forth.  Writers write.  Simple as that.  But sometimes, it isn’t all that simple.  Sometimes there is the desire to read one more

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Huckleberry Finn and the N Word

The latest blow for Political Correctness sees a college professor edit Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn to remove the currently offense terms ‘nigger’ and ‘injun.’  At least he didn’t add zombies or vampires or sea monsters.  Auburn University English professor Alan

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The Writer’s Market

The Writer’s Market is to aspiring writers what seed catalogs are to aspiring gardeners-something to drool over and think about and have long, usually unrealistic, fantasies about.  I bought my first Writer’s Market when I was in high school, submitted

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How To Write a Post Apocalyptic Story

Apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization either through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The

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