WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT OF WRITING: I think the best book on writing I've read may be William E. Blundell's Art and Craft of Feature Writing. It's basically the Wall Street Journal Guide to Practically Everything. It's designed for journalists, but the skills and way of looking at the world it teaches are equally applicable to fiction writers: It explores how to assess causes and consequences, how to find the important angles and plotlines in a real-world story, and where you'd be likely to … [Read more...]

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ENCYCLOPAEDIA MORONICA: Or, "I'm sorry, all of our subplots are currently busy. Please hold while I transfer you to the Department of Backstory."So my sister turned me on to this site, "Limyaael's Fantasy Rants." This person basically has read way too much horrible, horrible fantasy writing, and has turned trash into treasure by penning rants on everything from POV shifts to dwarves. ("Dwarves... dwarves are very upsetting....")They're great! They're fun to read--though doubtless more fun if … [Read more...]

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With the world's weight resting on your blogwatch, You're gonna need someone on your side...BeaucoupKevin: I'm number three! I'm number three! ...I get smacked in comments, though, for going over the 35-word limit. I don't know how I missed that, since I was using a cute little word-count program. But my entry was about Planetes, and Planetes is all about how human error and human weaknesses can't be overcome through technological change, and so... um, yes, shutting up now. Anyway, woohoo!, … [Read more...]

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Best book read in 2004: THE EYE IN THE DOOR Best movie seen: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE … [Read more...]

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WITH BEST HOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR. I stayed in, taking notes for fiction and talking for hours with the Rat. It was great. ...Unqualified Offerings has its best-of-blogs list up, and a best-of-comics list as well. Go thither!In worst-of, rather than best-of, news, here's a link roundup on the revisions to the Justice Department's definition of torture. Haven't read yet but will soon.On Wednesday, I'm flying to sunny California for two weeks to visit Ratty (!!!!). If you are in the greater … [Read more...]

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By the way, in case you were following the neck trauma saga, it took forever but my neck now feels fine. Thanks so much to all who wrote in with suggestions. And thanks very much to those who wrote in about my counseling post, too--if I haven't replied to you yet, I will over the weekend. ...Oh and hey, where is Krubner? … [Read more...]

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SEARCH REQUESTS! It's that time again. Here are some of the funnier requests that brought people to this little blog.WHAT ANIMAL IS CONSIDERED A COUSIN TO A MOUSE [um... another mouse?] homosexual leopard what can hold a lot of wild animals even when it can't be locked explanation of the phrase anatomy if destiny rat silhouette looking at people's eyeball to find out if they are interested i wanna get into the ivy league ivy league ivy league going crazy what is the rhetoric strategy of Attack … [Read more...]

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