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“This is why we can’t have nice things” — the my-clone-saw-this-on-Facebook edition

One of Paul’s friends on Facebook (probably Devon-not-Devin) shared the link to some silly word quiz that, supposedly, only people with IQs in the 140-149 range can get a perfect score on. (Why is there a top to this range? … Continue reading

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Thoughts, observations, and a rant or two… plus something about how my clone-sibling’s novel is going

I’m not sure why I’m thinking of this now… Probably something to do with the start of “cedar fever” season in this part of the country. (Or maybe it’s Jon’s fault — you know how fictional people can be sometimes.) … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 871

Today’s glitch: This is just… wrong, in sooooo many ways. Sorry, but I gotta address the Bad Science before saying anything about the copyediting. As far as nurture influences a child’s intelligence, and as far as the mother is the … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #862

Today’s first glitch: Do not capitalize common nouns. (There was a time when children were taught this simple rule in early elementary school. Seriously, what’s going on here?) Don’t capitalize adjectives derived from common nouns, either. Delete the comma after … Continue reading

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A unicorn is not a gryphon, and precognition is not empathy.

At its core, this post is about the importance of fiction writers using correct/accurate terms for things in their stories, even things that everyone knows are imaginary/not real. Several days ago on a Facebook group, there was a discussion about … Continue reading

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How the Dunning-Kruger effect affects an individual’s understanding of the Dunning-Kruger effect

I see some variant of this all the frakkin’ time online: “If you think your smart.. YOUR NOT!!!! Cos the Dunning Kruger effect says people who are stupid think they’re smart. So it proves your stupid if you think your … 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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