Haiku for the Day

rude awakening a green shoot sprouts through concrete Bhudda wakening

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Nice Editing Shortcut

Here’s a Handy Tool for Writers Besides writing, I work as an editor and proofreader. When I get back a copyedited work, I am then tasked with—assuming it’s a Word doc with Tracking turned on—Accepting or Rejecting edits, which I can see in a Reviewing Pane and address one at a time, either right-clicking or […]

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Book Review: Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias

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November 23, 2016

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I remember, from back in the day, how much you could tell about an auditioning musician, even before he started playing: the way he touched his instrument, the way he played a chord or a lick after tuning—not to show off but to establish that the tone was right—and I would say to myself, “OK, […]

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A ghost from my past sent me gifts.

The images are complex and fascinating, with a weird, alien beauty. I asked him how he created them and he got irritated and said, “That’s sort of like if you wrote a book and everyone became obsessed with your word processing software.” I started calling him “Cranky Buddy” and he lightened up and told me […]

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How Well Can the Barber Cut His Own Hair?

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February 21, 2016

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Or rather: How well can a writer edit and proof his or her own work? As a writer as well as a working editor/proofreader, I was shocked to see that (at least) two glitches in my second novel (TRUST ME) got past me, my editor, the copy editor, and the proofreader. They’re the kind of […]

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Everyone loves a redemption story

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July 29, 2015

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Everyone loves a redemption story. It’s the basic theme of almost every ancient saga, classic novel, and Hollywood movie ever made. Read any book on writing and  you’ll probably get advice on how to take a flawed character, give him or her a problem, and let the resolution of the conflict be the logical outcome […]

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What Does Consciousness Have to Do with Fiction?

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May 10, 2015

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Well . . . We expect fictional characters to be conscious—meaning to have some level of self-awareness—in order that we can understand, believe in, and perhaps identify with their motives. It’s fair to say that the quality of being conscious is the essential human quality, even though we don’t have a very clear idea what […]

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Drug Noir and the Collision of Selfish Motives

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April 28, 2015

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The world of drug addiction and alcoholism fascinates me. It consistently generates drama, pathos, irony, and personal stories stranger than the edgiest fiction. My experience indicates that some growth and distance from active addiction is useful in finding a place of compassion and sensible reflection regarding the ordeal of dependence on substances. In my book, […]

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