Regarding Writing

It’s a matter of communication

Everyone has stuff that bugs them. Most often those revolve around the things in our lives that mean the most to us, whether it be an intangible but important concept like feminism or racism, or a tangible but silly thing like the way people drive. Every day I hear people around me complaining about the most ridiculous stuff.  But we all have our little pet peeves, things we consider important that other people couldn’t care less about....

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The M.U.G. Writer’s Retreat

Some of you may have noticed that I like to write fiction. You may have seen my post last year about the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat, or when I talked about doing the National Novel Writing Month challenge, which (as you can see from the word count box in the left bar) I completed successfully. And you may have heard me talk about the MUG writing group, that lovely group of individuals with whom I workshop my stories. I’ve learned...

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NaNoWriMo

Yes, that’s right.  I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year.  For those of you who didn’t click on the link, it stands for the National Novel Writing Month.  Each year in November, writers both professional and aspiring sign up and set themselves a goal – to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. If that seems like a lot to you, it’s because it is.  That works out to 1,667 words each day.  Since one page with 12 point,...

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Writer does not necessarily equal Wordsmith

I’m a writer who doesn’t play scrabble… never been good at plucking words out of letters given to me.  (Thin air is a different story.  pun intended.)  SO anyway I’ve never played these online scrabble games.  I think I know why.  The computer scientist in me says I can generate a list of words, create a file, and search it with simple regular expressions… bam, pow, I’d rock the casbah. Except that’s...

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Writing in the Rainforest

I just got back from the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat, and after a couple of days of decompression I’d like to share with you some of the things I experienced. First of all, for those of you who aren’t familiar with where I was or what I was doing, a brief description.  The Rainforest Writer’s Retreat is a five day session of intensive writing.  Nearly 40 writers gather together on the shores of Lake Quinault in western...

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Happy New Year!

Well, you sweaties, it’s Christmas Eve Eve.  The year has, as it does every year at this time, come to a conclusion.  Though there are ways in which this year has not lived up to its full potential, in many ways – dare I say most ways – it is a very satisfying conclusion to a good year.  If you’ll be so kind as to indulge me, I’d like to point out some of the memorable points that made this year special to me....

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