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Williamsburg woes, part deux…. (Encore)

It turns out I’m not done with the whole Colonial Williamsburg thing. In fact, I recall staying awake nights fretting about newly discovered details (new for me, anyway) concerning life in the 18th century as I worked on my Revolutionary … Continue reading

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How much is enough? (Encore)

I’m reminded of those uber-annoying commercials featuring lip-twisting matrons agonizing over the proper number of prunes needed to ensure regularity. Bleah! What caused me to dredge up such a memory? A trip to Colonial Williamsburg, of all places. With my … Continue reading

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What’s a tree? (Encore)

My niece, a medical receptionist, witnessed something inspiring last week in the waiting room at the doctor’s office where she works. There were a number of people waiting to see the doctor, and among them was a little girl about … Continue reading

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Dear Josh — an advice column? (Encore)

Over the years I’ve been fortunate to get feedback on my work from a number of incredibly talented writers, Rob Sawyer, Mike Resnick, Kris Rusch, and Steve Sterling to name a few. There have been others, to whom I’m equally … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Brain (Encore)

It’s time for something somewhat <cough> headier than usual. I read an article by Carl Zimmer in the New York Times on-line edition about research done a few years ago in Germany to find out what parts of a writer’s … Continue reading

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Progress? (Encore)

I’m having trouble writing an exercise for one of my classes. The students need an example of really dreadful writing. It needs to be so bad that it borders on the horrific. We’re not talking scary here; we’re talking poorly … Continue reading

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Taxes, Time, and Toil

Rather than go into dreadful, boring detail, suffice it to say I’ve been working on my taxes. This has caused me to drift away from my normal, pleasant, and non-confrontational personality to one of anger, distrust, and denial. It makes … Continue reading

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Villains, part two (Encore)

This is the second installment of Villains, Virgins and Vigilantes. Just How Mean Is Mean Enough? Remember, we’re still working on the first “V” in our Villains, Virgins, and Vigilantes hierarchy. Presumably, you have a working version of your villain, … Continue reading

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A little bit at a time (Encore)

A dear friend asked me recently how I managed to write so fast. When I recovered from the shock of the implication that I might–actually–write [cough, wheeze] fast, I tried to put her question in context. [Stop laughing, dammit!] She … Continue reading

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Are all superheroes really vigilantes? (Encore)

Short answer: yep, pretty much. At least in the context of my Villains, Virgins and Vigilantes thesis which holds that these three character types are the primary staples of popular fiction. There are two other categories I’ll also discuss — … Continue reading

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