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Reconciliation: Part 3

III Theodore watched the SWAT team coming up the hallway; he had heard them stampeding up the stairwell, yelling as they came. As he opened his door to the hallway, he saw his supervisor getting off the elevator; drawn by … Continue reading

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Story and Structure: A Webinar

Last Sunday, I spent a couple of useful hours participating in my first webinar. The event was hosted and moderated by Shelley Souza, who seems to be the editorial voice behind the website at awritersvoice.com. In her invitation to the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation: Part Two

As promised, here’s the second installment of the short story. Reconciliation: Part 2 II For a while, he was content with those feelings but soon the urge to get up and go began to burn fiercely in his heart. Theodore … Continue reading

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Part One

It’s been a while since my last post and a lot has happened in the interval. I spent some time reviewing what I’ve learned about writing since I started this blog, looking at what I’ve done, reading about writing, even … Continue reading

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Breaking Eggs

Every schoolboy knows that good writers seldom use clichés. The word is commonly defined as ‘a word or phrase that is overused, unoriginal or boring’ but it’s important to recognize that, while most writers try their best to be original, … Continue reading

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Word Power : Resilience

William Safire was a conservative speechwriter who served both Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon; it was Safire who coined the ‘nattering nabobs of negativism‘ phrase that worked so well for Agnew. For many years, Safire wrote a column titled On Language* for … Continue reading

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A Modest Correction

Our President proudly commands the biggest, workingest nuclear button in the world. Perhaps. I know that he’s a fella that has a little difficulty with complex ideas. It’s okay to call a country a shithole because it’s economically poor and … Continue reading

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Is it Art?

When I first decided to write and publish fiction, I thought that I’d spend some time writing poetry. The idea was that writing poetry would be good practice for producing concise and powerful prose. I’ve since stopped writing poetry, though … Continue reading

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Self-Serving Public Servants – Trump, DeVos and the Rise of the Plutocrats

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
  This election cycle we have witnessed a subtle change to our political landscape – and it’s probably not the one you’re thinking about. ? It’s not that Republicans have gained control of a large chunk…

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Timing is Everything

And depending on how you look at it, mine is amazing or awful. In a recent post here I shared that I had decided that my next book was going to be an elephant story, provisionally titled Magua the Elephant. Since I … Continue reading

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