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08 April 2013 - What It Means To Be “A Writer”
Writing isn’t a glorious profession. Nor is it a functional description. Rather, it’s an avocation, a way of thinking and acting that recognizes that words mean things and that stringing them together requires inspiration, not just perspiration or aspiration.
09 December 2012 - NaNoWriMo ’12 — A Reflection
I still didn’t “win” in the sense of hitting 50k — December rolled onto the calendar when I was at but 25k — but I am quite satisfied with how the month turned out. I approached the task with a bit more humility and did more pre-NaNo planning than last year, so I have a product that I can keep working on throughout the year.
04 November 2012 - Assorted Reflections and Updates
A dozen updates and observations from the perspective of early November, 2012.Assorted Reflections and Updates
01 November 2012 - In the Beginning: #NaNoWriMo 2012
In the Beginning … the writer created new heavens and a new earth. This new earth was without form and void, and blankness was upon the face of the writer’s notebook; and the Flash of Inspiration was moving over the face of the notebook.
24 October 2012 - The Last 11 Books
Hmm. Last 11 books I’ve read, according to my benevolent overlords at Amazon, in no particular order: “How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism” by Roger Scruton “Moral Dimensions: Permissibility, Meaning, Blame” by T. M. Scanlon “On the Nature of Things” by Lucretius “Principle Doctrines” by Epicurus “The Righteous [...]
11 March 2012 - Short Reflections on Recent Items of Note
Observations about the MI GOP primary vote, nuclear Iran and our ongoing tolerance for genocide. Plus, an assortment of personal updates.
22 January 2012 - A Linguistic “Issue” with “Community”
We’ve grown tolerant of simplistic prose, unnecessary over-use of the passive voice and sentences written with twice as many words as they require. Is this a good thing? A bad thing? Beats me.
20 November 2011 - Past, Present, Future
Feels like I’ve been living my own little version of A Christmas Carol lately.
12 November 2011 - Assorted Ruminations
Well. What an interesting couple of weeks it’s been. Summary commentary follows, on subjects as diverse as writing, politics, socializing and privacy. Read on, dear friends, and be enlightened. …
01 November 2011 - NaNoWriMo: Taking the Plunge
Aided by the counsel of my good friend Duane, I’ve decided to take the leap into actually writing a novel instead of merely intending to write one. The National Novel Writing Month — conveniently contemporaneous with “November” on the calendar — provides aspiring novelists a loosely structured environment for pulling together a work of fiction of 50,000 or more words.