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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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Writing’s Hidden Time Bandit

As I continue my tour of the Southwestern United States, I am taking pictures by the score. ¬†With two cameras, just in case I miss a shot with either one. The problem is that each image takes a judgment, to … Continue reading

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An Expanding Balloon

Have you ever attempted an article so complex that it demands a timeline or a character map? Right now I am working with an editor to come up with an angle on a story about an inland lake. What do … Continue reading

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Communicating Poorly With Approval

“My opposition to interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.” James Thurber Arguing for substance and … Continue reading

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Three Days in The Hospital

“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon. I was furiously woking on my newest book proposal when I suffered an attack of acute colitis. The severe abdominal pain landed me in the emergency room … Continue reading

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Slack Time

I am in between major writing assignments. Two of my articles are in process, that is, they are getting ready for print, but I have nothing new to occupy my time, save for my regular work from my Vancouver employer. … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Melancholy, Wistfulness, and Unrequited Love

I’m overtaken with melancholy every time I pass a magazine rack. I think of all the magazines I’ve queried with no success or even acknowledgment. It reminds me very much of being turned down for a date or a job. … Continue reading

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