Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tools of the Trade

There are a number of tools that can help writers as they perform their task of putting words on paper. The first tool to find is simply lots of stuff to read. If you want to find out how to … Continue reading

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Questions We Can’t Ask

Not so long ago I read a science fiction novel by Robert Charles Wilson, a writer whose work I had, until then, been unaware of. This, despite the fact that Stephen King described him as “probably the finest science-fiction author … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s Bread

“Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and … Continue reading

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When you read something how can you tell whether it is true, or at least potentially true? How can you tell if you’re being fed misinformation? It is really much easier than you might imagine. On November 1, 2005, a … Continue reading

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The Grind

My three daughters were once all in Girl Scouts. Ordinarily, my wife, who was their Girl Scout leader, together with one of her co-leaders, would drive them and the rest of their troop to their camping destinations. One weekend, however, … Continue reading

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The Worst Part of the Job

Self-promotion—transforming oneself into a brand—is an uncomfortable but necessary part of being a writer in today’s world. It’s the part of my job that I dislike the most—even more than I dislike rewriting. One of the things that my agent … Continue reading

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The Government

The government can be a real problem. We’ve all had to stand in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. We’ve all gotten fed up with stupid bureaucrats, red tape, and incompetence. It is easy to criticize the government, to … Continue reading

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The Future

The future as envisioned in childhood has not exactly come to pass. I watched the Jetsons, I enjoyed Lost in Space. The Wonderful World of Disney, and a visit to Disneyland inspired visions of wonder. I particularly enjoyed the Carousel … Continue reading

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Curiosity Rover

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The Writing Odds Are Not in Your Favor

Most authors who write books do not make a living at it. That is, their income from the books they write is not enough for them to have a place to live, pay utilities, and eat. Most authors either have … Continue reading

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