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Tracking The Beast

A few years ago I was living on a friend’s homestead high in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Beautiful two story home, hundreds of untouched acres to roam, lively mountain streams and creeks to follow, winding paved roads and gravel strewn two-tracks, up and down hills and vales. You get the idea. It truly […]

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Teacher As Student

The amount of information on the Internet is beyond comprehension. Whether that information is factual or not, or based in reality, is not the point. The human imagination is the point. How presumptive computer and mechanical engineers are who believe they can design a robot capable of being nearly human. Key word being, nearly. No […]

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Learning Your Writing Style

As I read through writers’ comments in discussion groups on websites like Goodreads, I am struck by the number of new writers who are struggling to find their writing style. As if style is some kind of tool one just picks up and starts using immediately. Truth is, style takes some authors years to develop. […]

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Persistence of Vision

Many early science fiction film producers utilized the phenomenon of persistence of vision. They were creating the illusion of movement in some of their non-human characters. Dinosaurs, for instance. While the earliest attempts were crude and “stuttering” in motion, they got the job done. The amazing human mind is able to fill in the gaps […]

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