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Coffee Talk & Writer Secrets #5: the Procrastination and Answer Post

Hey, writers. It’s time for coffee and talking. This week I made blueberry muffins to go with this talk…and they disappeared. You know I’m procrastinating when I’m cooking instead of plotting. The cooking is usually spurred on by a need … Continue reading

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Elemental Writing and Insecure Writing

Elemental Writing and Insecure Writing #IWSG Today’s post comes as a response to a prompt from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Congrats to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group – the website was added to the Write Life’s 100 Best Websites … Continue reading

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Coffee Talk and Writer Secrets #3

  Hey, writer. How’s it going? I hope you’re having a fabulous week and are looking forward to work and everything else life has to offer. But I’ve got a question for you, and for being brave, I’ll let you … Continue reading

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Movement in Homer’s The Odyssey

I am not a poet, but Homer’s Odyssey makes me want to write as beautifully and simply as he does. The Odyssey has become one of my favorite novels because of beautiful lines like: “Side by side the two men … Continue reading

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Sympathetic Characters and Violence in Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy

Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy, a compilation of three books: Bro, Ice, and 23,000, is an epic tale of what happens if alien entities fall to Earth in a meteorite and must take over human bodies to get to their next … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

In Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade, a soldier bounces through time, meets aliens, and relives points in his life, centering around Dresden, Germany, during his tour during the Second World War. Vonnegut uses anaphora for a comical, … Continue reading

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Ethnographic Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

  In The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin has written twenty chapters in a woven epic account of Genry Ai’s experience as an Envoy to the planet Gethen. The book works because of the way Le Guin … Continue reading

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How to Start a Writing Conversation: Advice from 3 Writers

I’ve been writing my favorite authors since I was sixteen. I don’t remember if it was a writing teacher or a book on writing which said to start conversations with your writing heroes, but I took the advice to heart. … Continue reading

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Setting Writing Goals: May 2017

Setting Writing Goals: May 2017 Hey, writer, how’s it going? Did you write in May? I hope you did. I hope you scheduled time to write and followed through with your promise to your art. I did a lot of … Continue reading

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