Fiction Friday: Writing What You Like

Posted May 22 2015

“To thine own self be true,” Polonius tells children in Hamlet, “and it must follow, as the night the day, thou cans’t not then be false to any man.” The problem with this advice, of course, is that Polonius is as false a man as exists in all of literature, a conummate politician whose eye […]

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Fiction Friday: Story vs. Premise

Posted May 15 2015

One of the things we studied at McDaniel College was the difference between a premise and a story. A premise is an idea. Dictonary.com defines it as “a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.” It comes from two Latin words meaning “to put before.” So, basically, it’s the underlying idea that supports your […]

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Fiction Friday: Confessions of a Contest Whore, Part 1

Posted May 9 2015

Since the first of the year, I’ve entered Demon’s Wager in five contests. Each contest costs $25 or $30 to enter, so you may be asking, “Why did she do that?” (If, in fact, you’re asking, “how can she afford to do that?” the answer is: I program computers to support my writing habit.) Why […]

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Fiction Friday: Nobody Told Me There Would Be Math

Posted May 1 2015

I work in the Institutional Research department of a community college. One of the researchers there once told me, “People really like things that are one standard deviation off the mean.” He went on to say that things that are further from the mean are too far out for most people’s comfort. Things that are […]

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