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Reviewing books

Sometimes, being a writer can make the enjoyment of reading a bit harder. I know what the man behind the curtains is doing, or trying to do anyway. Rather than having a sense of really liking something, or a vague sense of not liking it, I know why now. But ...

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Team music

Choirs are teams. They have a lot in common with sports. The same group of people can be mediocre under one director/coach and excellent under another. A few days ago I went to a choir concert at my daughter’s middle school. Now, I lettered in music at high school. I ...

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The partnership of reader and writer

One of the things at Life, the Universe and Everything (LTUE) was Tracy Hickman‘s “Reading 101” keynote address. He spoke about something that I think, honestly, is one of the miracles of storytelling: A reader is as much a creator of the world as the writer is. See, as a ...

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Writing exercises

I just started with a new writing group this week. They meet once a month, are more structured than any others I’ve been, and all are at least at semi-pro level. I submitted the story that I’ve classed as my worst story ever. Why is it that? Because I was ...

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Zing day 7!

The end of my week! Is this a sad thing, or a happy thing? It isn’t the end of Zing on my blog, but no longer should I come up with Once again, I’d like to point any of my readers to John Brown’s blog, who is the cause for ...

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The Sputnik effect and Zing day 6

Vladimir and I watched a movie today about sputnik (zing 1). That first satellite that the Soviet Union launched started the arms race like nothing else. The really interesting thing is that neither Khrushchev or Eisenhower wanted such a thing. It was the military that pushed both nations towards this. ...

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Zing day 5

So, for those not in the know I am following John Brown’s assignment to think up 10-20 zings a day for a week. There has been some discussion with some other writer friends about externalizing the muse rather than feeling like a failure if it we don’t happen to be ...

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Zing day 4

1. Tree galls: insects induce the tree to grow tumors that are shelters for the insects’ young. Mealy Oak Gall Oak Marble Gall Gall Forming Aphids 2. A new building toy that has parts that remember how you moved them so kids can create totally unique “robots” but building and ...

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Zing assignment day 2

Here is the thing: I have to be looking for zing. If I’m not, it’s hard to go back through the day to find it. 1. There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done, Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung, Nothing you can say but you can ...

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