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“Passive voice” does not mean “negative statement,” either.

In anthropology, they’re called post-processualists. I’m sure they’re called something else in discussions of literature, but the mindset is the same: “This is factually true because this is how I feel about it.” (If you’re a sci-fi nerd like me, … Continue reading

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Sometimes, a WIP ties his brain in knots.

[I wrote this months ago, while I was still struggling with expanding the fragment that eventually became the short story “Solitude.” I think the story turned out okay, but I don’t know what readers think of it, because I can’t … Continue reading

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bits and pieces: late October update

I’m somewhat disappointed that WordPress decided to send me a ‘Happy Blogging Anniversary’ message a day early this year. It’s the “Thanks for flying with us” part that would have made it funny (in a twisted sort of way), this … 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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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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Bits and pieces: May 22

It shouldn’t bother me, but it does… I don’t like anyone shortening my name. I’m Thomas, not Tom (and gods help you if you call me Tommy to my face). If that’s too hard to remember, just call me Weaver … Continue reading

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