Category Archives: writing

Grammar-ing “without MFA,” and other things.

Sometime in May, I think (the days do blur together more now, don’t they?), someone told me, via email, that what I’ve done on this blog with my “Writing Glitch” posts is the same as a non-doctor giving medical advice, … Continue reading

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Another well-reasoned tirade AGAINST ‘Thou Shalt Not Use Adverbs!’

This is an old (from 2017!) tirade against the anti-adverb nonsense so common in “internet wisdom” on writing, and I’d somehow forgotten to share it before, so…  The most common argument I’ve seen against the use of adverbs (*) amounts … Continue reading

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Updates: end of May

Question: What is both cute and scary? Answer: Eleven kittens. Smudge’s three half-sisters had their kittens in the same week, and there are now eleven small kittens — plus their moms — living in our back yard: three “tuxedo” kittens, … Continue reading

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Paul’s latest novel is now available for pre-order.

From my clone-sibling’s blog: This is much different from my other works. […] It is a mostly-contemporary slow-build thriller. It is not obviously connected to my other works. Not obviously. (For the record, I think the connection is obvious, but … Continue reading

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FREE sci-fi novel, plus a bit about WIPs.

Last week, I got to read about twenty thousand words of my clone-sibling’s WIP (well, one of them: he’s working on three different novels right now), the sequel to Project Brimstone (working title, Stormriders). And I gotta tell you, anyone … Continue reading

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Missing the Point

Someone read this post a couple of weeks ago and apparently took great offense at the phrase ‘passing for human.’ Said it was racist and ableist… I understand how it could be either/both of those things, in a totally different … Continue reading

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Once again, he seeks beta readers.

It’s time for the next stage in preparing this manuscript for publication: beta readers! We already have one volunteer, someone who’s never read for us before, and that’s good, because this story is a bit different from everything else the … Continue reading

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In the author’s own words…

Paul has a post on his blog about his upcoming novel, I Won’t Cry for Yesterday: Back when I first started writing, I wrote a novel and then another with the same characters, something of a stand-alone sequel. They were … Continue reading

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Cover/Title Reveal

I’m sure I’ve mentioned recently that my clone-sibling has a new novel… Well, here’s the cover: I think I’d describe this novel as a contemporary paranormal thriller, but you won’t find any werewolves and such on its pages: it’s not … Continue reading

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Anything that can go weirdly, will. Especially copyediting fiction. Especially if the copyeditor is the author’s clone-sibling.

This is how it went, back near the beginning of the month: Needed to take a break from editing. Decided to listen to music. First song to come up was… “Eye in the Sky,” by The Alan Parsons Project. I … Continue reading

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