Category Archives: Writing by others

Mother to Son

Writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com Rockhound website: https://southwestrockhounding.com Mother to Son by Langston Hughes Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no … Continue reading

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Caliban in the Coal Mines

Caliban in the Coal Mines By Louis Untermeyer 1885- 1877 God, we don’t like to complain— We know that the mine is no lark— But—there’s the pools from the rain; But—there’s the cold and the dark. God, You don’t know … Continue reading

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Christina Rossetti’s “Uphill”

Writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com Rockhound website: https://southwestrockhounding.com Christina Rossetti’s “Uphill” Christina Rossetti was a brilliant and strongly Christian poet. If this poem is too religious for you, check my previous post on Rosetti’s “Remember,” (internal link) hauntingly delivered by the Irish … Continue reading

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Content Mills

I’m seeking additional writing or editing work and have again run into the content mills. I’m using Indeed.com as a job board which seems reasonable considering their size, however, they, too, list employers who offer as little as one cent … Continue reading

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Assessment Tests

Rockhounding site here: https://southwestrockhounding.com Assessment Tests From my writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com Assessment tests are often required but results depend on the writing style and preferences of the test writer. Or the guide they use. CMOS? AP? MLA? Importantly, will the tester … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Physics to Explain the Universe

My rockhounding site is here: https://southwestrockhounding.com Philosophy and Physics to Explain the Universe The interconnectedness of all things seems a hippy dream. “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” The Beatles … Continue reading

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Three Good Paragraphs

I’m happy if I can write three good paragraphs in a row. In my now dead book project of 60,000 words, I probably had 11 or 12 instances in which I produced a set of three good paragraphs. I still … Continue reading

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Soulless Creatures

Opinion, hell ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many … Continue reading

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Bad Revising

My last post was on how I revised the work of a writer on our team. (internal link). The next example is of bad revising, in which some unknown scriptwriter revises the book of one of the greatest minds of … Continue reading

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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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