Category Archives: fiction

Jane Austen and the institution of Marriage

“…I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most … Continue reading

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William Blake in the twenty first century

Reader! lover of books! lover of heaven, And of that God from whom all books are given, Who in mysterious Sinai’s awful cave To Man the wondrous art of writing gave, Again he speaks in thunder and in fire! Thunder … Continue reading

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Sophomore novel: to publish or not to publish

“Whether I’ll publish the story depends on whether others like it.” Myself, January 2019. I ended my last post prophesying that the decision about publishing the nearly complete manuscript would be based on my readers’ reaction to the story. This … Continue reading

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Lighthearted takes on fiction and physics

Two comics by John Atkinson, thirst-editions and simplified-physics.

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BBC royal wedding blunder (updated)

Fans of royal weddings might enjoy the BBC’s attempt to educate the rest of the world about what to expect on May 19, 2018: A non-Brit’s guide to Meghan and Harry’s wedding (BBC, May 7, 2018). Can you spot the … Continue reading

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Story Elements: Core, World, Setting

C-3PO tells the story of the Rebellion to the Ewoks After trying to get to the root of readers’ satisfaction with a story, I found that a better understanding of what a story is might be in order. On its … Continue reading

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What makes a good book?

“What do you think makes for a ‘good’ book?… Is it too subjective to define or are there specific and universal elements that make up a ‘good’ book? How can you pull the reader in rather than push them away?” … Continue reading

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