Anatomy of an edit: Part 4

Capbreton. Photo courtesy of Makunin, @ Pixabay It’s that time again. Today’s prompt: Target Word Count : 200 (give or take 10) I saw the picture at 02:00 this morning, and couldn’t really think of what do to with it.  The picture is of the seas bunkers that were built in Capbreton, France during WWII, […]

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June 28, 2013


Poetry: Part 1 overivew

It’s strange, I’ve been writing lyrics and poetry for so long,  and yet, when asked to explain it,  I can’t.   I mean, sure I can explain the mechanics of poetry: how its put together, but how do you go from rhythm and rhyme to something that actually touches the soul?  How do I do […]

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June 26, 2013

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FlashFiction rewrite

Yesterday I posted my edits for the flash fiction contest I’d entered, taking the story down to it’s required 150 words (give or take 25), and I said, that it would be a better story if I could take it to the 300-500 range. This sounded like a good exercise to me, and so this […]

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June 23, 2013

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The anatomy of an edit: Part III

Another Friday!Flash, and another post writing break down. This time the prompt was the Mona Lisa – word count 150 give or take 25.   Admittedly that gave me a lot more leeway than last week’s challenge, but I was about to find out that that isn’t always enough. I’m discovering that with flash fiction, […]

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June 23, 2013


Writing, an excuse for learning

(as if I really need an excuse) In case you haven’t figured out by now, I am a learning junkie.  It started when I was child and my mom and dad would do their cryogen demonstration*  for the boy scouts and it has followed me in everything I do. It’s one of the things I […]

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June 21, 2013

The anatomy of an edit, part II

Friday was once again ‘Flash!Friday’ and I almost didn’t participate.  I didn’t have anything, not really and the word count requirement was even more challenging: 100 words, no more, no less. At 18:00 I sat down and told myself “If you can write a 300-500 word story in an hour or two, this should be […]

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June 17, 2013

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Never take a scientist to a Science Fiction Movie

While I was writing about the woes of taking a writer to the movies, I remembered my own childhood,  and having to tell my dad: “just sit back and watch…” I was too young to know the phrase “suspension of disbelief” but I understood the concept. To my dad’s credit, he was trying to teach […]

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June 16, 2013

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Never take a writer to the movies

Once or twice a year, I take my phone off the hook, go ‘back home’ and go to the movies… all weekend.  I catch up on movies that I haven’t seen in a while, brush up on the originals when there are sequels in the theater so that they’re fresh in my mind,  but mostly […]

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June 15, 2013


Flash Fiction Addiction

The more flash fiction I write the more I enjoy it.  I also fear it.  As if limiting myself to 500 words or less to tell a story weren’t hard enough, last Friday I tried my hand at telling a story in 95-105 words, and today the goal was 100 words exactly. I thought 100 […]

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June 15, 2013

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Advice on Writing

Advice on writing is pretty much like advice on anything that is personal: what people tell you is usually a lot more about them and their writing, and a lot less about you and yours. Sure some advice is sound and good for everyone:  proofread what you write; use a dictionary; the spellchecker is your […]

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June 9, 2013