How to write a thing

You can’t treat writing as some mystical, mysterious, only-for-the-called-and-gifted endeavor.

Not if you want to do much of it.

If it helps, think of it as content production. Personally, I hate that term. It’s like saying meal production instead of cooking.

But if it helps, who cares.

Whatever you call it, to do more of it, break it down. Then tackle one piece at a time. Maybe… Continue reading

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Book notes: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

I find it harder to write reviews of fiction than of nonfiction. I think it’s because, once we get past the basic questions (Can this author write a decent sentence? Do they understand grammar? Is there an actual plot? Are the characters believable?) we get to subjective questions.

For example, I hated Moby Dick with all the whale-hunting passion of a true Ahab.

I never got through anything… Continue reading

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Weekly review, 17 June 2017

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  • The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

…which is my favorite food book ever, in the universe, and I’ve coveted a copy of my own for years and years. Why didn’t I buy it for myself before now? Have no idea. No good reason. Anyway I put it on my Amazon book wishlist and my husband bought it for me! Early birthday present, winning, and I’m… Continue reading

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