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Forward and backward

“It was possible to read the story two ways: Front to back, the heron returned to his heron wife and the world of the sky. Back to front, he stayed with his one true love on earth.” From The Third … Continue reading

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Love between the covers

“The noise was huge. Wherever they stood, sat, or wandered, they talked. Primarily women, he observed, some of them dressed for business, other drooping from travel. And all, he thought, studying the heaped luggage carts, with enough suitcases for a … Continue reading

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Writers’ advice on self-publishing

There is a lot of advice about writing and self-publishing. A recent tread from the kboards Writers’ Cafe, Time to Hang It Up, tackled the problem of a writer with academic credentials and several years of self-publishing experience, who, despite … Continue reading

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Love-story vs. Romance

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, and from love to matrimony in a moment.” from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Sometimes when my writing is stuck, my thoughts meander into such “philosophical” questions … Continue reading

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Engineering Characters

“Miss Havisham had told me about Generics. They were created here in the Well to populate the books that were to be written. At the point of creation they were simply a human canvas without paint – blank like a … Continue reading

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Sophomore novel – trying to recapture first love, or finding a second one?

“The problem with a second novel is that it takes almost no time to write compared with a first novel. If I write my first novel in a month at the age of 23 and my second novel takes me … Continue reading

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He or She – some confusion about authors’ gender

“Kawasaki Ninja,” said Wardle. “I know we’re looking for a Honda,” he added, forestalling Strike,“but he crapped himself when we came calling.” “So do most people when CID turn up on their doorstep. Go on.” “He’s a sweaty little guy, … Continue reading

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