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So. I am finally getting around to re-writing the Galactica finale review that got eaten by the mist monsters of cyberspace. Thanks to those who have waited patiently . . . and to the reader who keeps sending emails that just say “bsg finale analysis?” Polite. Succinct. I like that. So here goes . . .  […]

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Quote Of The Day

by Jimmy Akin

in About Writing

Aspiring writers out there will really appreciate the following Great Quote, which I first found attributed to Anonymous in a writing manual and later found attributed to Sidney Sheldon. "A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God." –Sidney Sheldon Who is Sidney Sheldon? CLICK HERE.

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NEW AND IMPROVED! Now with fewer typos! A writer writes: I’m a writer, working on something that incorporates a back and forth between a priest and a congregant in a confession booth.  I’m not Catholic, and when I asked a Catholic friend for some help, he was sad to say he couldn’t remember the last […]

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Earlier I linked to my review of Michael Crichton’s book State of Fear, which is a world-class example of how NOT to write a novel. Later I got to reading what was at the link and realized that I had FORGOTTEN just how skin-peelingly bad this book is. But some things are worth remembering. So […]

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Michelle here. If you read carefully through the questions-and-answers by staff apologists on the Catholic Answers Forums, you’ll notice that we use a lot of qualifiers. Especially when dealing with issues of moral culpability, we try very hard not to use absolutes. While it is possible to state definitively whether or not a particular action […]

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Here on the blog y’all get to see me writing with at least a measure of style. My editor and I have an understanding, and if I want to plot an "ain’t" or a "y’all" or a "YEE-HAW!" into a sentence, I can and he won’t "correct" me. I occasionally cut loose with a full-blown […]

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A number of years ago I got a book called Revising Fiction. The book was about how to revise . . . well, fiction. One of the author’s big points was that the revision process is very distinct from the writing process. (It had better be, or he’d have no reason to write his book.) […]

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Guestblogger Travis Tea (alias Mary Catelli) writes: Once upon a time there were — and there still are — some writers who helped new writers against scam tricks in the publishing industry. You can read about them: at Writer Beware http://www.sfwa.org/beware/ or at Preditors & Editors http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/ The writers involved were SF and fantasy writers, […]

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Before Travis Tea gives us the inside story on Atlanta Nights, I thought I’d introduce him. To the left is his picture from his author’s page over at lulu.com. And here’s his bio from his own web site: It was a dark and stormy night the night Travis Tea was born in the small town […]

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Atlanta Nights

by Jimmy Akin

in About Writing

A number of years ago some sci-fi and fantasy authors wrote a book called Atlanta Nights. The book was not sci-fi or fantasy, because the prospective publisher (PublishAmerica) had publicly dissed sci-fi and fantasy authors. PublishAmerica claimed to be a respectable publisher, though its critics claimed it was a vanity press. After reading its diss […]

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