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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.

DON’T Write What You Know

Or, at least be aware of when you’re doing it.

I use a Melitta “non-electric coffee maker.” I’ve been using it (the same one) since sometime before I got married, and that was thirty years ago. It’s nothing but a plastic cone, with a flat apron to sit on top of the long-gone glass

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

“Show, don’t tell,” Round N

Over and over and over, you hear people saying that. “Show, don’t tell.” Usually, it’s said by someone who feels they must “be constructive” (ie, say something bad, but say it nicely) or they’re not being helpful. Well, guess what? Words can’t show! They can only tell!

It was a dark and

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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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A Brief Note on the Importance of Diction

Winston Churchill did not say “I have nothing to offer but vermeil, moiling, delacrimation and sudorification.”

 

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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A Personal Update, And A Wee Bit o’ Writerly Technique

Personal Update:

You may not be seeing much of me on Twitter, this blog, and so forth for a while. I’m head-down in a new project, and can’t type fast enough to keep up. 12,582 words since the first of October, and they’re good. They’re done. They’re finished words. Unless I find some fine new golden

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Error o’ The Day: Wherefore Does Not Mean “Where”

Do an internet search for the word “wherefore.” Take a look at the number of times the word is used to mean “where.”

I haven’t actually counted, and I’m not going to, but I do know that on the first three pages of search results, about a third were pointed to definitions, and about a third

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Error o’ The Day: Here, Here!

Maybe it’s just me, but this seems to be all over the internet lately.

The phrase is “Hear, hear!” It comes from “Hear ye, hear ye!” or “Hear him, hear him!” and is a reference to “I hear what you’re saying, and I agree.” Think of it as an older way of saying “I heard that!”

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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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There’s No Such Thing as a Synonym

I know. Heresy. Read on.

I love StumbleUpon. There’s something magical about being able to just hit a button and see something I’ve never seen before. Well, I’ve seen a couple of sites more than once, but it’s not often. With over 150 million websites and blogs on Earth, it’s going to be pretty

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