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On 2001 after 50 years

When my work is on the table at a writers’ group meeting the first question I hear from young writers who still need to be propped up is the old shibboleth “Who’s your audience?” To this I say, if I’m … Continue reading

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The Doodah Man

Here lives half a person. The other half is visiting relatives at the half-people’s home for retired fragments. If some of them could club together he’d be pretty good company. After all, everyone has a few extra bits sticking out. … Continue reading

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Sunday February 11, 2018

Am here.

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Mr Ka’s treasure

Mr Ka’s Treasure Map In an old trunk in his attic Mr Ka found a large piece of heavy with mysterious writing on it. This must have been left behind by an earlier owner of this house, Mr Ka said … Continue reading

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75 Books Your Book Club Probably Won’t Read

I published this list a few years ago, and as my ideas haven’t changed I thought I’d publish it again. 1. A Coat of Varnish C.P. Snow A detective story, but a rather odd one, lacking a detective, or rather … Continue reading

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Bullies

BULLYING: on the maddening popularity of Jane Austen novels or: Whether to Write Your Congressman Bear with me on this one. We’ll get there. If you believe that, then this is for you. A Jane Austen novel is driven by … Continue reading

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Rebirth of The Arrow

On the demise of the Ocotillo Arts Press its blog, The Arrow, is undergoing a remake. (The Press backlog will remain in print — follow the link in the sidebar.) I’ve archived most of the old posts, kept my favorites, … Continue reading

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On Reshelving Your Library

Friends: I never thought it and I wish it hasn’t happened, but my science fiction novel E has become a prescient critique of the threat to democracy we now face. It may be crass of me to use this crisis … Continue reading

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You can quote me on this

  You can quote me on this You can turn off the background music with the button in the upper right corner. One button is the Chinese character for chi, breath or life. The other is a crushed chi.

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The reader’s responsibility to the writer

One: An author with no readers is silent Communication is a two-ended process. Message sent, message received. Inevitably garbled and noisy, as Claude Shannon showed in the 40s. Clear communication is impossible. What we take as clear is the result … Continue reading

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