Category Archives: non-fiction writing

More on Revising

Editing and proofreading fiddles with copy, revising recasts. One of our writers submitted a page with this paragraph. He is a fine writer but under deadline for this piece. I have more time as I am generally not doing original … Continue reading

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Thinking of Def Con

Def Con 28 will be held this year in a virtual “safe mode”, the physical event in Las Vegas cancelled. I went to Def Con II and III. That was a long time ago. In  1994 I was at the … Continue reading

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Get It!

I always liked this story. Here, I have revised my previous writing. Yes, I used to write about telecom. Enough that the History Channel interviewed me once about Bell, my only television appearance. As Wesson and Grosvenor tell it, in … Continue reading

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Good Writing is Unnatural

First draft writing resembles contemporaneous speaking. Record yourself for five minutes delivering an impromptu speech on a subject and then transcribe it. Then think about how far it is from tight, vigorous, organized writing. It’s a long way. We think … Continue reading

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Why I Didn’t Write For More Than Twenty Years

Because my high school life was so wretched (internal link), I hesitated to join anything extra-circular, anything that deviated from the main goal of getting out of that prison. It was such a killing environment that I never went to … Continue reading

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You Do Not Control The Weather

Gathering images should be top of mind for any writer working under deadline. Most publications require you to submit your own images. If you can’t produce them yourself, you need to look at stock photography or public domain photos immediately … Continue reading

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The Power of The Dog

Their short lives demand that we go through love and loss more often with pets than with people. But what can we do? As with all love, we are torn into it and torn apart by it. The Power of … Continue reading

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More Examples of Wikipedia Entries

Update: I’ve now decided to continue to post pictures to Wikimedia Commons but I will not be adding them to any relevant page on Wikipedia as a rule. Wikipedia does not want to be a photo gallery and I understand … Continue reading

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Places to Visit and Collect in The Southwest

When I accepted my now-failed rockhound book contract (internal link), a chapter was to be on places to visit and collect in the Southwest. Since the end of that contract, I have been working on enlarging that chapter. I thought … Continue reading

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The True Believer

The story goes of a town facing a flood. Rain had been falling for two weeks and a dam was about to burst. A mandatory evacuation order went out for everybody to leave. One man remained. He was a true … Continue reading

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