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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.

Not plagiarizing – just pointing…

…to this article by Ursula K. Le Guin at Book View Café:

I have a high opinion of story. I see it as the essential trajectory of narrative: a coherent, onward movement, taking the reader from Here to There. Plot, to me, is variation or complication of the movement of story.

Story goes. Plot elaborates the

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Pacing in Fiction

It’s not always a sprint.

There are a great many people (and a disproportionate number of agents and editors among them) who claim to believe things like “Every sentence must move the plot forward.” These people are fond of saying “What can you do in that scene to turn up the heat?” and “I think the

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A Story Told So Badly…

…that the combined talents of three of the planet’s best actors couldn’t save it.

I sat through Stone last night. Sat through. As in not enjoyed. As in sat there thinking This is really sad.

Main gist (caution – here be spoilers): Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) is an officer at a prison, where he conducts parole

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Can’t See the Scene? Watch the Movie

You know the feeling.

You think you have the scene blocked out in your mind. You know your scene goals and your character motivations. You know what you’ve set up in preceding scenes, and you know where this one is supposed to lead. But the characters won’t behave themselves.

They stumble through their blocking, looking down at

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