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A bored Weaver is a dangerous Weaver: ‘nother idjit/bad “editor” gets their red-penning red-penned.

What can I say? Someone posted a link on a writing forum, and I clicked on the link, and then I was appalled by the bad punctuation on a freelance editor’s web page… And if you’re been following my blog … Continue reading

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The “explanation” mark…

I just read a blog post on why not to use exclamation marks in fiction. The thing is, that blogger called it an explanation mark over and over again (ten times), so it’s not a typo — this idjit thinks … Continue reading

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“Unusual”? Please define…

Am I the only one whose mind goes blank when someone asks, “So… what are you good at?” or any variation on this theme? It’s like writing a curriculum vitae, which is Latin for why you should hire me. (Just … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding Through Keen Fashion Sense :-)

TL;DR version: This post is about brainstorming (and research to support that brainstorming) a single aspect of worldbuilding for a fantasy (or sci-fi, because some of the general concepts apply)  story. If you have no interest in 1) worldbuilding as … Continue reading

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Sometimes, he shares an excerpt from a short story.

From “Solitude” (by Thomas Weaver & Paul B. Spence) I slept in someone’s tool shed on a pile of canvas sacking, that first night after I made my escape. I didn’t think I was entirely safe, but… safe enough, surely. … Continue reading

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A birthday both real and ficitonal, plus mini-rants about science and grammar.

Birthday: Y’know how I always say something about birthdays of my “imaginary friends”? Well, tomorrow (June 1) is Hrothgar Tebrey’s birthday. Also his author’s birthday, although obviously they weren’t born in the same year. Or on the same planet. Science … Continue reading

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Stupid concept: ‘How you write a sentence depends on your lung capacity.’

Perhaps the biggest lie anyone has ever told you about commas is that they represent breaths. “Add a comma anywhere you pause to breathe,” is bad advice I see a lot from online “writing experts” and others. I saw it … Continue reading

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