Monthly Archives: February 2012

From the Beginning (Part 5): The Devil in the Details

A week or so ago I wrote about my somewhat belated effort to outline my novel and how hard I found the process.  This week I have to confess that I’ve abandoned the process, although not intentionally.  My progress slowed and … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I couldn’t read all the books on my to-read list if I lived to be 150 years old.  The very last thing I needed was another type of book to … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Middle of the Book Battle

Here’s an example of understatement:  The book industry is in turmoil right now. Spend just a few minutes on the internet and you’ll find a wide variety of people gnashing their teeth and climbing up on their soapbox to proclaim … Continue reading

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From the Beginning (Part 4): The Hardest Part*

For years I’ve taught students about the importance of structure in writing.  “Have a plan,” I tell them.  “Make sure you know what you want to say.  It’s much easier to revise an outline or summary than a whole document.”  … Continue reading

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Ready Player One

Sometimes when books receive great reviews, I’m actually more hesitant to read them.  Partly that’s because my taste doesn’t always run to popular tastes, but more than that it’s because I’m always worried that my expectations for the book will … Continue reading

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From the Beginning (part 3): Knowing the Writing Jargon

As I work on completing my first novel, the one I started back in November for NaNoWriMo, I’m keeping a journal of what I’m doing and learning as I go through this process. Last week I talked about the difficulty … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Ads 2012

Last night’s Super Bowl game lived up to the hype.  But what about the TV ads?  As usual, we saw some winners and some losers. First of all, the Audi LED headlights zap vampires!  This ad provided the perfect combination of … Continue reading

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