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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230

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I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Writers vs Readers – Part N

I know I’ve covered this before, but I’m too lazy too check.

Hey, I’m getting old. I get to indulge in repetitive blather. And one of the soap boxes I like to climb is that old favorite, “Who am I writing for?” In my Google Reader this morning, I came across New Launch: Peer

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True or False: “All That Glitters is Not Gold”?

False. (Yet another reason to hate Shakespeare)

I can’t tell you how much I hate it when an illogical, inaccurate phrase becomes a common saying, or acts as a phrasal template for all sorts of things, as this one does. (And let’s not even go into that whole glisters/glistens/glitters thing, ok?)

All men (women, people, cars, bloggers,

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Q: “I am well” or “I am good”?

Today’s non-rule:

“You can’t say ‘I am good,’ because am is a verb, and good is an adjective, and you never use an adjective to modify a verb.”

Well, it is true that you should never use an adjective to modify a verb. Therefore, all of the following must be incorrect:

I am tall.
My wife is short.
My dog

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Bad Advice, Part II – The Banned Tools

Advice on painting:

Eliminate all unneeded colors.

Eliminate all unneeded brush strokes.

Every brush stroke should do one of two things: tell the story or build the subject’s face.

Never use red.

Whenever you want to add a color, ask yourself “Does this color add anything to the face?” If not, eliminate it.

Ok, I made all that up. But I’m

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Bad Advice, Part I – “Show, Don’t Tell”

“Finally, the passage [quoted from “Dulse,” by Alice Munro] contradicts a form of bad advice often given young writers — namely, that the job of the author is to show, not tell.”
“This whole language of euphemism has sprung up around the inability to be honest. You can’t just say ‘This bored the hell out of

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