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What Does Junk Mail and Wikipedia Have in Common?

The answer is that both only get  a two to three percent response to their solicitations. And while junk mail sells junk, Wikipedia serves a good purpose. Their articles do a fine job of providing secondary source material  (external link) and … Continue reading

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DHL, Serial Disorder and T.S. Eliot

DHL I am using DHL to ship for the first time and getting odd results. They charge a premium price but the service isn’t premium. To hurry up a mineral identification I had my local shipping store send a tiny … Continue reading

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Notes to Other Writers Using Word and Acrobat DC

This discussion is what Americans call inside baseball. Every non-writer can safely tune out. I’m using the latest version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, as well as the expensive Adobe Acrobat DC for creating .pdf files. After much experimenting … Continue reading

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Watching Citizen Kane

http://www.aellea.com/script/citizenkane_transcript.txt NARRATOR A collection of everything, so big that it can never be catalogued or appraised. Enough for ten museums. The loot of the world. Xanadu’s livestock — the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea, the beasts … Continue reading

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Does a Book Validate You as A Writer?

It’s in every writer’s DNA to want to have a book published but it’s not necessary to prove a writer’s worth. I make little money from my writing but I am still a professional and proud of it. Writing can … Continue reading

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The Greatest Challenges in Writing for Publication

The greatest challenge in writing for publication is word count. It’s set by the editor, it can’t be exceeded. A topic easily explained in 1,000 words becomes tremendously difficult given 250. A reader never knows your word count, only that … Continue reading

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Revising 60,000 Words One Paragraph at A Time

This paragraph took twenty minutes to revise, with the emphasis on reducing word count. While I have become better at revising over time, I have never been able to increase my speed. Before: Tucson’s downside is its overwhelming scale and … Continue reading

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