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Dumping Your Detritus

A coming of age story set in Canada’s far north. A reporter who becomes embroiled in political intrigue and responds by having a monkey’s tail surgically attached to his lower spine. A depressed would-be something who struggles through his days making a living writing pornography scripts. A fully completed graphic novel that includes zero illustrations. […]

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Seriousness

Artists, speaking generally and fairly stereotypically, tend to view their creative works in the long term. At least, this is the case amongst the people I’ve interacted with, and especially so for writers. Legacy is an issue for many, and the thought of their efforts “standing the test of time” or “being remembered” or remaining […]

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Gratitude

It is an incredible thing to be able to write. Just the act of it, the sheer practice, is astounding, and something that is all too easy to take for granted, to lose sight of the vast historical trajectories that have made it possible. Being caught up in the modern world of digi-madness and pop […]

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Anticipating reader sloth

If there’s one commonality between what I’ve learned through my studies in my graduate degrees and my personal experiences as a writer it’s that very few people read well. With care, with precision, with enough time and effort to hold the text in line and by the hand as one advances from Point A to […]

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Writing’s seasons

The rains come in spring (and summer and fall if you live in East Asia), the wheat, corn, rice, grows tall and proud, ripens, and is harvested. The soil rests, recovers, and the late winter or early spring sees another round of preparing, planting, tending, waiting. The moon waxes and wanes, the temperatures rise and […]

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Devotion, or Loving a project

Devotion tends to get short shrift these days. It could be a byproduct of the mentality that our current economic system of favoring (well, sanctifying) consumerism has bred into us, where everything is easily disposable and even more easily replaced, or it could be a byproduct of our ever-shortening attention spans, where even the daily […]

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The romance and the mystery of writing

Japan is a funny place. In many ways life here carries on as if it were always and forever the 1990s, and the nineties were not an altogether good decade for Japan. So it is that I still, in this day and age, walk down to my local video store to rent DVDs when I […]

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Second-rate writing

Simone de Beauvoir, author, essayist, social critic, and titan of feminism, wrote an influential essay in 1951 titled “Must We Burn Sade?” In it the infamous marquis is assessed through the lens of the reputation that he has garnered, and de Beauvoir finds both positive and negative aspects to his work and legacy. It is […]

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On intention

A few months back Nick wrote a very interesting post on hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s films, especially 2001: A Space Odyssey. As Nick points out, there are layers of clues and subtle communications within Kubrick’s works, some of which may not have been intended for the average viewer at all but rather aimed at […]

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9 Tips to Help Ensure E-Book Success

This week is our second installment from James A. Rose on self-publishing and marketing tips. Be sure to check out his post last week too in case you missed it. Thanks James! We’ll be back to our usual stuff next week with a look at author intentions. Indie e-book publishing has exploded in recent years […]

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