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What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

While researching ways to make a living as a professional writer, I’ve found heaps of articles about how difficult it is to do. However, I have also found some articles suggesting that it is becoming easier to make a living self-publishing rather than going the traditional route. I started to consider the pros and cons …

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Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Disliking many of the short stories in The Big Book of Science Fiction made me wonder if maybe I have shit taste. After all, nearly all of them are award-winning or era-defining or represent the national sci-fi archetype or have some other pedigree. If other people thought they were so good that they awarded them …

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From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

I’m documenting my writing process for short stories here on the blog. This isn’t an original idea. Many blogs document the writing process through word count, snowflake methods, rote editing tips, etc, and their authors know that few works spring fully-formed from the heads of creators. The well-edited conclusion can look so natural that the end …

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Atmosphere in The Hands

Atmosphere in The Hands

My second analysis from The Big Book of Science Fiction will be The Hands by John Baxter. The short story doesn’t have a free online version. If you’d like to read it, you’ll have to buy the anthology (which you should do anyway because it is excellent). As always, this is not a review. There …

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Metaphor and Message in Standing Woman

Metaphor and Message in Standing Woman

Standing Woman by Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the many short stories anthologized in The Big Book of Science Fiction.It’s a short read, not more than five pages, and I think being able to read the story yourself would help you follow along. The version in The Big Book of Science Fiction is translated by …

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Homework for Fun

Homework for Fun

I was talking with a friend one night about the story analysis articles, and I said, “If someone told me I would be doing homework for fun after school, I woulda punched them.” And she said, “Teach me how to do homework for fun.” So I thought a bit and put a few points down …

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Readability

Readability

I had a classmate in a writing class who was a fan of difficult novels. Think Gravity’s Rainbow, House of Leaves, Dubliners, etc. We disagreed on writing and complexity: I liked clear, vivid, linear writing, while he enjoyed writing that you had to work to understand. He said it was thrilling to finally be able …

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Early YA Elements in The Outsiders

Early YA Elements in The Outsiders

With Young Adult fiction dominating bookshelves, my nearby city of Tulsa, Oklahoma is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the book that started it all. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is widely considered to be the start of the YA genre and is still assigned in schools throughout Oklahoma for being a literary, yet accessible work …

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The $4600 Pen

The $4600 Pen

For those who’ve read my past posts, you know I want this pen. I imagine the price tag derives from the cost of materials and workmanship. The pen’s body is made of resin from a 4,600 year-old bristlecone pine named Matsuo on the southern side of Mt. Fuji where it is extracted by hand by …

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