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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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One Cent a Word?! What You Should Be Doing Instead

This recently hit Craigslist. It’s entitled “Ghost Writers Wanted.”  I thought it the bottom of the wage floor at one penny a word. But then I remembered I wrote another post which looked at 6/10ths of a cent a word. (internal … Continue reading

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Proofreading, Editing, and Revising

I frequently work on the writing of others, chiefly foreign speakers for whom English is a second language. Proofreading is the lightest correcting I do, revisions involve the most work. People argue greatly over what these terms mean. Here are … Continue reading

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