Views and Reviews #1: Oz the Sort-of-Great and Very Impatient
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Dear Readers, Last night I went to a midnight showing of Oz the Great and Powerful.  So, standard spoiler alert here.  I’ll be honest: going in I had little hope that the film would be stellar.  I wanted it to be!  On the surface it should be an anthem film … Read More

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coates, Pixar’s Story Artist. This is some of the most excellent, concise writing advice I have ever read, and I’m posting it here for you but mostly me, so that when I come back to this blog, I know something of use about writing will … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Become a Rubber Band; Man.
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Dear Reader, We are now two lessons into the Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets curriculum, and like any good student, you may have neglected to show up to the first two classes. Having caught up, you now know that there is a big difference in critique based around content (i.e., I … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: The Rules of Critique
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Dear Reader, Today continues my unauthorized lessons on the dirty little secrets of writing.  In my previous entry, I discussed the important distinction between critique based around content, and critique based around craft.  In a nut shell, content critique is pretty useless, and craft critique is pretty useful.  I also, … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Providing Useful Critique (Content vs Craft)
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Dear Reader, #4  Sometimes, as writers, it can be frustrating to like another writer’s work.   You read the first lines of a short story or a novel and you feel a sinking pit in your stomach as you realize you are reading pure literary gold.  It becomes impossible not … Read More

The Writer’s Family Thanksgiving Special
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Dear Readers, I hope the image above doesn’t serve as too much of a spoiler.  However, I felt the irresistible urge to share with you all my Thanksgiving plans.  Well, not so much my plans, as my ordeal.  And not so much Thanksgiving as an excuse to wear pajama pants in public.  That’s right! … Read More

The Wizard’s JK Rowling Transmogriphication Counterspell
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Dear Reader, Today I have found that another of my masks has hit a snag in their proverbial goals and given the success I had allowing my Wizard persona to engage with the issues Sensei was having from a different angle, I have decided to allow Writer to present his … Read More

Sensei Plays The Quiet Game
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Dear Readers, Monday was a frustrating day.  As many of you may recall, I am deep in the midst of a three week long middle school language arts substitute teaching assignment (Or TWLMSLASTA for short), and I had run into some pretty insurmountable problems.  31 of them, in fact.  All … Read More

Sensei Meets a Bully
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Dear Readers, I wanted to share with you an experience I had awhile ago as a substitute teacher.  The names have been changed, and the events slightly altered, but this is a more or less true story.  I’m still not sure if I did right or wrong, but when I … Read More