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Time and spending time

For those of us living in post-industrial/digital societies the central question now facing us, and it is one that faces us daily, has become: How do I spend my time? For nearly all of us the daily struggle simply to stay alive has been removed as a topic of concern, in one way or another […]

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Plumbing your depths

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Boring crap about nothing

Being middle-aged I now consider myself entitled to the odd (frequent) curmudgeonly rant and so fair warning that this post will contain some. Entertainingly curmudgeonly though, I hope. I recently read a review of a new novel about a Japanese-American couple living amongst the Japanese community in Los Angeles. The wife is a mixed Caucasian […]

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Head-jumping, or How characters (don’t) experience the world

It has often been pointed out that modern fiction tends to make fairly heavy use of the omniscient narrator device, the storyteller who knows absolutely everything that is happening both internally and externally to each character involved in the action being related. This can allow the writer to add many layers of detail to their […]

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On vanity

My sister-in-law was visiting with her kids (three girls) this week and the whole brood plus my wife and daughter took a trip to Tokyo Disneyland on Sunday. I was mercifully spared that and spent the day instead at the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park. The permanent gallery – which is what […]

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Write who you know

We all know the old adage to write what you know. We also all know the tension involved in that adage. Does a writer need to go out and “experience life” before they are able to write about it? If you write sci fi, how many flights into space or traveling back in time are […]

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