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Those Boots Need Polish

This morning’s writing tip of the day is brought to you by a run-and-gun military science fiction novel that could have used some more boot polish. Here is what one reviewer had to say about the book: “The writer doesn’t … Continue reading

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Show Her No Pity

Women had it hard in Biblical times. Even an act of self-defense (or should I say other-self-defense) came with a hard punishment. An eye for an eye. If you’re a man. If you’re a lady, well, you might just lose … Continue reading

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Shoot Your Novel

Writing a novel is rather like shooting a film. Only, unless you’ve teamed up with a fellow writer, you’re in charge of ALL the departments involved in the production. Set Design. Where does your novel take place? If it’s set … Continue reading

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Exciting New Product!

Udas Grun Exuxan Exuxan Stackable Shelters Mavic Set Greetings Udas Exuxan We are excited to introduce you to our latest product, Vinlorica (copyright protected). Vinlorica is a nontoxic enamel preparation, created in our labs from our planet-famous cultivars, designed to … Continue reading

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Lost in Transit

Udas Jillintor Uavoo Public Safety Oversight Committee Greetings Udas Uavoo First of all, I would like to apologize on behalf of my company for this unfortunate accident, though, strictly speaking, our company was in no way responsible for it. The … Continue reading

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The Ornamental That Wouldn’t

Udas Abrala Krayal Krayal Housing Development Mavic Set Greetings Udas Krayal As you know, our company prides itself on its 100% satisfaction guarantee. We were grieved to learn that you are not satisfied with the cultivar you purchased from us. … Continue reading

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Why Cads Finish Last

One of my biggest peeves with modern romance novels is the handsome cad who inevitably stumbles his way into them. He can act like a total backside, with or without regret, and still find someone head over heels in love … Continue reading

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Poor Plotting: When Tragedy Becomes Comedy

I was reading a gay romance this past week that went to pieces in the final act because of poor plotting. The main characters–would-be lovers–let’s call them Tom and Harry–were hosting the grand opening of a vintage toy shop, where … Continue reading

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Tired Tropes: Showmance

Today, I’m going to talk about the most tiresome of tiresome tropes, the showmance. Johnny Hot Ass, CEO of Money-to-Burn Industries, or Duke Grab-a-Lot-of-It, Heir to an ungodly fortune, are looking for a girl to play the role of fake … Continue reading

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Small-Part Actors

In my last blog post, I talked about supporting characters and their ability to add much needed color to your stories. Think of the lovable or not-so-loveable sidekicks from your favorites novels or films? Why do they stand out for … Continue reading

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