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Of straw men, lawn gnomes, and reality.

Straw man: (noun) An intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent’s real argument. (Did you get that? It’ll be on the test later.) I keep running into variations on this particular … Continue reading

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Guess again.

Remember my post titled “Guess” from back in the autumn of 2016, in which I discussed the results of feeding samples of writing to the “Gender Guesser” program to see if it really could accurately identify the writer’s sex/gender, based … Continue reading

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“…Where do you think I found it?”

So, because someone on Pinterest shared a link to some essay that I want but am not willing to pay three dollars for (it’s only twelve pages long, and I may already know all the actual information contained therein), I … Continue reading

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“Who knows what weirdness lurks in the minds of fiction writers…?”

Just about the first thing my twin said to me today was, “I had a weird dream last night. Some sort of combination of Avengers and a spy thriller” [at this point, I was still thinking, It could just be … Continue reading

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Print, digital, or both? A very short survey…

Just four questions: Do you like to read print books at all? Do you prefer print books over digital? If you prefer print books over digital, what are some of the reasons for that preference? If you prefer digital over … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing, and Real Life in November, 2018

Don’t worry; I do intend to blog soon about something other than grammar… There are a few novels I’ve read (or tried to read) recently, and I want to tell you about them. (Of course, part of that will be … Continue reading

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“The One True Millennial…”

My brother told me to write this post (so it’s sort of his fault). Backstory: A few days ago, Paul was re-reading a novel whose title I can’t tell you here because of… well, let’s say easily confused proper nouns. … Continue reading

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Birds, Books, and “Punk Rock Girl”

Admit it: you’d soon miss ’em if I ever just stopped posting these blathers on various strange topics. 🙂  So here’s the latest glimpse into what goes on in my mind: A pair of barn swallows (they’re adorable) built a … Continue reading

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Author Bitz, a site for authors and readers

Says Lucinda Moebius, the site’s creator, about Author Bitz: We are building the membership to our new social media site, Author Bitz (www.authorbitz.com). The site is in beta mode right now, but we will be upgrading to a full functioning … Continue reading

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…more popular than “populace”…

(Alternative title: “Sometimes, he has many, many complaints about a novel and some concerns about reviewing it.”) Remember when, several weeks ago, I shared a short poem by Robert Frost, along with an explanation of the difference between populous and … Continue reading

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