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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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Providence… or whatever the author ends up calling this novel.

Maybe I’m not supposed to tell you this yet, but then again, he didn’t tell me not to… The clone-sibling hit a small snag in writing the final book of his sci-fi series The Awakening. So he set it aside, … Continue reading

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Asking for a (fictional) friend…

Seriously, what do you think? Yes, this is another “Who knows what weirdness lurks in the minds of sci-fi writers?” situation. Characters will probably be arguing about it for a long time… but I want to know if you, O … Continue reading

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Sometimes, cooking is book research.

The things I do in the name of research for writing a novel… Fact: There is only one way to get complete, adequately bio-available protein from a non-animal source, and that’s to eat corn, beans, and squash cooked together. (You … 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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Writing updates: “fun” with backstory revision. (Argh!)

Some awesome/weird things happening lately in The Adventures of a Sci-Fi Author and His Copyeditor Brother… 🙂 It has already become a running joke between us: “So… about serial immortality.” Y’see, we started to have a conversation about this topic … Continue reading

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Sometimes, he shares a link to a post about writing SECRETS.

First, here’s a link to the other blogger’s post. It’s all about how and why to write secrets for your fictional people. And now, my brief comments on it: Oh, the metaphors…! “In some genres this baggage may be carry-on … Continue reading

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“Finder” can no longer be found here… but I’ll still talk about it. A LOT.

(I did mention that I don’t do April Fools’ Day, right? Yeah. So everything in this post is as real as anything in a post on any other day. There will be sarcasm and such, but I won’t lie to … Continue reading

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(show of hands)

On Wednesday, my clone-sibling told me about his idea for another series of novels, these a spin-off (stop it, brain! no spinning!) of the current series (the one beginning with The Remnant). Apparently someone didn’t take Geoffrey’s (out-of-story) advice to … Continue reading

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