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The craft of writing and some tips here and there.

My Liver Is Flabby and Needs Exercise

I must have the memory of a goldfish when it comes to the effects of alcohol on my body. Two drinks on an empty stomach is not a good idea, especially when you have no tolerance to begin with. I stumbled home around 10:00pm last night after having met with my darling Sofa and then spent the next four hours wanting to die. I shall ignore the nagging, paranoid sensation that my face is melting […]

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The Perils of First Person POV

I wish Wicked Cool Riley hadn’t gone on about Black Swan Green because after having read an excerpt (which leaves you hanging most aggravatingly!), I am now compelled to finish. Unfortunately, her copy (which was really the Loveseat’s copy) has now gone onto Massachusetts with her best friend and I have no money to spend on books. Which I ought because I’d like to support writers and bookstores and libraries (being as I hope to […]

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Why I Write YA

After I met up with my friend The Inimitable Bex after work one day, we sat down at a coffeeshop in the Village and discussed books as we are wont to do. In particular we spoke about YA as a genre. Other writers have written manifestos as to why they write YA so I suppose I shall contribute my own public thoughts on the matter. One assumption I resent when people find out I am […]

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Third Person is So Maligned

A small excerpt I adore from Michael Chabon’s Summerland for no real reason except that it amuses me: “Nothing is boring, son—” his father began. “I know, I know.” Ethan said. ” ‘Nothing is boring except to people who aren’t really paying attention.’ ” This was something he had heard from his father many, many times. It was his father’s motto. His mother’s motto had been, “People could learn a lot from llamas.” Rereading Summerland […]

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Top Ten Signs A Piece of Fiction is Written By JJ

On Fangs, Fur, Fey community on Livejournal, the various authors are posting the Top Ten Signs that a Piece of Fiction Was Written by Me meme and I decided to participate, even though I am not published. Top Ten Signs a Piece of Fiction Was Written By JJ It’s awfully pretentious in some way, whether or not it aspires to be metafictional or narratively and structurally complex and non-linear or simply ginormous in scope. Literariness, […]

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