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2013 Book #30 – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

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Wow! Anyone out there who thinks that reading non-fiction is boring, you need to sit down and read a book like Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking! Brains are such amazing things, and the stuff I learned about my brain and the way it fits—or doesn’t fit—into modern American society is fascinating!

There was so much packed into this little book that I can only touch the tip of the iceberg.

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The English Language On Word Order Depends

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          The English language on word order depends.

If that sentence doesn’t convince you, try this:

Take the adverb “only” and place it in different positions in the following sentence.

He said, “I love you.” (Nice thought.)

Only he said, “I love you.” (No one else said it.)

He only said, “I love you.” (He said nothing else.)

He said, “Only I love you.” (No one else does.)

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I’d add that half of the skill of writing poetry (or poetic prose) is knowing what you’re doing when you play around with modifiers.

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Workshopping: Perdido: Un Sueño

Today I’m posting information about workshopping and editing writing. Around about the time I finished my fourth full-length novel (okay, the first was just over 60,000 words but I called it a novel, anyway) I realised that I should probably actually start editing them. That is easily the part of writing that I have the most trouble with, and I don’t think I’m alone. So, I’m posting this story, a surreal fantasy story about an American (well, a USAnian) as an experiment in workshopping. Read it. Tear it apart. Help me make it better.

And it’s not just me who will be posting here. If you have something that you think is decent but just can’t seem to push over that final-draft finish line, send it to me and we’ll put it up. Maybe we can make this space an informal writing group. While every writer is different, I don’t think I’m alone in having issues with editing my own work… but I can edit other people’s work alright. I’m curious to see what the rest of you are working on, too.

Perdido:  Un Sueño




Please Wipe Your Feet

Close the door behind you, too, please? Can’t let the rain and the mud and detritus from the so-called ‘real world’ get inside.


Take your sword off, unlace your boots. You’re safe here, safer than a llama with a vegetarian dragon.

This is my new home. If you’ve followed me from, you’ll find my old posts on the page “Where We Used to Live.” And if you’ve followed me here from Way Too Fantasy, well, you’ll see the random effluvia and run-off that comes from writing articles for that blog. I’ll be a little more informal here, and I’ll be publishing stories as well. (Maybe more than you or anyone can handle. Definitely more than I can.) I may podcast my stories as well… I was doing that at the last blog and it was fun. I’ll have stories and poems and songs and pictures and maybe even polkas about all literature and movies and art, not just fantasy.

As always, encouragement and comments and critiques are all welcome here, and I’ll try not to post too many pictures of me swimming in a deluge of my tears.

Well… maybe one or ten of them.