Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

Favorite Quotes From Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad grew up speaking Polish. He did not achieve fluency in spoken English until his twenties. I understand a continuing irritation were people gifting him with Polish/English dictionaries. I’ve emphasized some phrases or sentences within these long excerpts. Conrad … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins Reads A.E. Housman

Richard Dawkins Reads A.E. Housman From Poems that Make Grown Men Cry,¬†Anthony and Ben Holden, ed., Simon and Schuster, Limited (2015) This video was for the UK’s National Poetry Day in 2014: https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/previous-years/ (external link) Turn on the close captioning. … 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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The Best Used Book Store In Las Vegas, Nevada is For Sale

From Amber Unicorn Books June 13, 2020 Many of you are aware that Amber Unicorn has been ‘up for Sale’ since last fall. We have enjoyed some positive feedback and genuine interest. However, with the Covid-19 complications, things have understandably … 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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More From A.E. Housman

Confoundingly beautiful, brilliant and cynical, Housman’s poetry compares to little else. (internal link) It is a tragic world he sings of but his song is so sweet that we must listen. The following are random snippets, you can find his … Continue reading

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Why Do You Have Ads on Your Site?

The most unprofessional thing a job applicant or anyone showing off their work can have on their website are ads. It is absolutely devastating to see fine writing or photography mixed in with ads that talk about emptying your bowels … 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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