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Category Archive: writing

Mar 28 2014

Looking Under The Hood…

I just love statistics, and numbers, and such Whether icy abstractions or warm to the touch I’ve been told that, perhaps, I adore them too much— That my feelings are more-or-less “weird” Ok, “weird” I can see, but I have to confess I’m put off by the too-imprecise “more or less”— Is it greater, or …

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Mar 15 2014

Meat

Just finished an absolutely wonderful book (about which, more later); in the notes was a mention of Terry Bisson’s wonderful short story “They’re Made out of Meat”. Studio 360 aired a version a while ago–give a listen: Bisson’s site has the transcript (or rather, the original story), for those who want. I love it.

Mar 06 2014

Sale!

I’d have given you warning, but I only just heard, myself. The Lulu people are having a 20% off sale on everything. That’s the best deal I’ve seen so far, so I thought I’d let you know. This means 1/5 off on any of my books, seeing as they are self-published through Lulu–so, 20% off …

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Feb 28 2014

To The Person Who Cut & Pasted My Entire Post On Your Site…

Not cool. You may have been motivated by the best of intentions… you may have intended to flatter me… you may have intended to reap the ad revenue from your site without doing the actual work. I have no idea what your intentions were. I just know that you posted my entire post on your …

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Jan 19 2014

Constrained Writing (or, Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!)

Constraining one’s writing Can make it exciting Constraints make it better, not worse It requires more thought (Or, they tell me, it ought) To express what you want, say, in verse. But I’ve just seen an ode Nearly written in code– With multiple layers of constraints Take a look, if you will, At this beauty …

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Jan 18 2014

So, How’d The Test Go, India?

Over the past few days, I’ve had a substantial (for me, that is, a very small fish in the FtB pond) bump in page views, all coming from various locations in India. I have come to learn, over the past couple of years, that this means there is a test coming up. My verse, Time …

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Jan 11 2014

Dammit, I Did It Wrong

My commenters saw through my evil plot: I think, for the year, I will write in prose only; no rhyme and no meter, no scansion, no verse. Iambic pentameter? Perish the notion! We’ll see if my writing gets better… or worse. A year without sonnets, or ballads, or limericks; a year without couplets or bad …

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Jan 10 2014

Giving Up Rhyming For A Year

I think, for the year, I will write in prose only; no rhyme and no meter, no scansion, no verse. Iambic pentameter? Perish the notion! We’ll see if my writing gets better… or worse. A year without sonnets, or ballads, or limericks; a year without couplets or bad villanelles; a year when my thoughts must …

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Jan 05 2014

Because. Just Because.

The American Dialect Society, which does this sort of thing, has voted that the 2013 Word of the Year is “Because”. Because reasons: Presiding at the Jan. 3 voting session were ADS Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf of MacMurray College, and Ben Zimmer, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and executive …

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Dec 30 2013

Paying It Forward…

as per Ophelia… I plagiarized a poet; I Recycled someone’s rhyme; I composed collaborations, Never thinking it a crime It’s the form of my expression; It’s the narrative I choose; It’s the sharing of ideas— Does it really matter whose? Hey, a sonnet is a sonnet, Make the topic what you will— With a rhyming …

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