Category Archives: Musings

Keats and Ben Nevis

Along the way in my education, I gained an affection for the poetry of Keats. Something about how he handled the language spoke to me. When I was in graduate school, I took a course on the Romantic Poets of … Continue reading

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Rewriting Shakespeare

In 2011 I wrote¬†some verses¬†in response to a review of Orson Scott Card’s book Hamlet’s Father. Card’s revisionist presentation of the Prince of Denmark isn’t quite the traditional sort of Bowdlerization that takes out “offensive” material. In many ways, Card’s … Continue reading

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About Research – Who Knows What?

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) I started reading a new fantasy this week and within a couple of pages found myself being irritated. Please don’t take what follows as a review of the whole, because it is not. I mean to … Continue reading

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Tolkien Snobbery

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) I was roaming around a social website this last week, one that services writers, and was looking at one writer’s profile. Under the heading “Favorite Books” she began with “Tolkien’s Trilogy” — and then the rest … Continue reading

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A New Style of Advertising?

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) There’s a State Farm Insurance commercial currently playing that caught my attention. The spokesman starts talking about the company and how approachable its representatives are. He begins his speech on the sidewalk outside a cafe that … Continue reading

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I’m Entitled to Have You Read My Manuscript!

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) A screenwriting columnist for the Village Voice has written a rant about a graceless wannabe writer who consumed a chunk of time for the columnist. Remember, it is the Village Voice so the language is not … Continue reading

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Alas, For Incomplete Research

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) Okay, so in the background, I have the Sleuth Channel on, and they are running a marathon of NCIS episodes. I love the show: the characters are fun. Supporting character Timothy McGee has an ongoing plot-line … Continue reading

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Losing the Impulse – the Creative Impulse

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) There was some discussion the other day on coppervale’s (James A. Owen) LiveJournal about those who get discouraged from following their creative impulse. I’m afraid I posted rather baldly about how no amount of encouragement is … Continue reading

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The Age of Entitlement

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) I’ve been overdue scheduling a follow-up doctor’s appointment. Back late in May, my (then) doctor changed the dosage level on one of my medication (the one for my blood sugar levels). Plus, I’d taken a sleep … Continue reading

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The Effect of Bad Teachers

(Originally posted on LiveJournal) Over on the Comic Book Resources Forums, on Gail Simone’s board “You’ll All Be Sorry”, she started a thread about Bad Teachers. She asked for stories about bad teachers, wherever they were encountered in one’s education. … Continue reading

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