Six impossible things

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Tax Tracking

As you can probably tell, we’re still having difficulties with the web site, off and on. Also, for anyone who still has my old email address, has permanently stopped working; the only one that works now is the one on the main web page, Thanks […]

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How it gets said #3: Syntax, grammar, and typography

Syntax is the arrangement or sequence of words in a sentence – for example, whether one writes “Something wicked comes this way” or “Something wicked this way comes.” The order in which one places the words and phrases can be a subtle indicator of emphasis (or de-emphasis) […]

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Temporary difficulties

As with all updates, this one hasn’t gone as smoothly as I’d have liked. We know (and are attempting to fix) the problem with the site not allowing comments and the “404” error when you click the “Home” button. If people find any other errors or problems, […]

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Update notice

This is just to let everyone know that sometime in the next day or two we are rolling over to the new site format, which is not that different from the current one but which will (we hope) be more mobile-friendly. I’m hoping that there won’t be […]

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Craft, to me, is the skill part of writing, the part you can analyze and learn. It’s techniques, viewpoint, grammar, and style. It includes the mechanics of characterization, dialog, description, and action, as well as highly macro-level things like plot and pacing, worldbuilding, backstory, and characterization. It […]

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Art is the first leg of the three-legged stool that is writing, and possibly the most difficult to talk about because it is abstract. All of the definitions I could find talk about expression, creativity, beauty, emotion, and imagination – all of which are ideas rather than […]

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Three-legged stool

Writing fiction professionally is a three-legged stool. It’s an art. It’s a craft. It’s a business. Like all three-legged stools, it is most stable and comfortable when all three of the legs are the same length; that is, when each area receives an appropriate amount of attention. […]

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Technical note

Because this website is changing servers, there’s a possibility that this week’s blog post, scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, may be slightly delayed. Sincerely, The Management

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Technical difficulties

Patricia has asked me to post on her behalf to let you know that although she has lots to say, she must suspend posting temporarily. She broke her elbow Tuesday morning. She will resume posting when the dictation software permits. — The Webmaster

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Christmas Break

Merry Christmas and Happy Whatever-You-Celebrate to all! I’m taking a two-week break for the holidays; your next post will be January 7.

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