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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


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.

Storytelling – It’s NOT All About the Words

Pop quiz:

Question one: What’s this?

Question two: What’s this?


The moral of the story? It’s not all about the words.

You know what the top picture is, what it means, where you might encounter it, and what to do with it. The second picture is a lot less meaningful, and yet what is it lacking,

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Mini-Rant o’ the Day: “Couple”

In some uses, you can use couple without of:

They are a couple.
It is a retreat for couples.

In others, you cannot:

I will list a couple of examples here.
She has a couple of books in her house.

Here’s the key: replace couple with pair, and see if you need of:

They are a pair.

NOT: They are a pair of.


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The Importance of Diction

As all three of my regular readers know, I have a list of what I call “the basic tools of the writer.” These are (in no particular order) spelling, punctuation, diction, syntax, and grammar. I periodically get emails about one or another of this list, typically doing one of two things: either telling me what

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Online Feedback: Part II

I’ve said this before, and now I’m going to say it again.
Maybe not so nicely this time.

When your friend approaches you with a manuscript, hot off the printer and dripping ink, and your friend says to you “Hey, you! (says your friend to you) Tell me what you think of the choices I’ve

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The First Rule of Drafting

Reposted from an article I wrote on www.webook.com.
He’s studied the Rules extensively, not so that he’ll know what to do and what not to do, but so that he’ll know what to do openly and what to sneak around at.

–The Bumbler’s Apprentice, Other Loves

“The Rules of Drafting,” the teacher writes across

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The Single-Slotted, Three-Pronged Widget – Structure, Syntax, and Ambiguity

A million years ago, when I took my first drafting classes,

it was assumed that laying out a drawing required certain skills, and that those skills could be taught. Indeed, the learning of those skills was the primary focus of early-level drafting classes. Of course, the need for those skills still exists, but but

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