Category Archives: Writing by others

Just Because I Like Bob Dylan

Good writing is captivating and compelling. It rolls off the tongue and imagination as easily as a marble rolling off a glass tabletop. Lewis Carroll had the gift. Dylan, too, in a ¬†different way. May all your writing roll. Tombstone … Continue reading

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Twitter and Instagram Tips for Newbies; Hashtags Explained

As I learn about social media to help publicize my book, my brother (external link) sends this in about Twitter and Instagram: Twitter and Instagram Tom, hashtags are used to classify content on Instagram and Twitter for search purposes and … Continue reading

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I am Tiring of These Constructions

I am tiring of some constructions. My complaint is they contain the word “not” or “no,” those words inherently negative. Is there a way to recast these sentences positively? Original: Not only is the bread exceptional, the butter is as … Continue reading

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A. E. Housman’s Minimalist Poetry

A.E. Housman was a minimalist poet, whose spartan lines are matched by only the best Haiku writers. He bitterly and wryly welcomed death, romanticizing its inevitability. He was extremely popular during the First World War and his poems reflected the … Continue reading

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Progress Report on My Book

With eleven months to go before my deadline of August 1, 2019, I’ve written approximately 28,000 words. My contract calls for a total of 50,000 to 60,000 words so I feel good about my progress. Ideally, I’d like to submit … Continue reading

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How Bullying Structures Society

For anyone who suffered through school at the hands of bullies and a system that ignored or encouraged them, George Orwell’s writing rings true: By the social standards that prevailed about me, I was no good, and could not be … Continue reading

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The Peroration Was Magnificent, Though Difficult to Remember

He looked into his heart and saw that it was black. Perhaps that’s all we need to know about Heart of Darkness. But there is so much more. Ideas and thoughts first judged rambling come back as well structured sentences … Continue reading

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