Category Archives: words

a writing life for me

So far, I’m really loving the writer’s life, or at least the parts of it I’ve experienced. I love working alone, getting to write about what I think is important, deciding for myself what things are important to do, which … Continue reading

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a small warning

Guess what? I’m about to be a pain in the ass. Not a major one: after all, you’re under no compulsion at all to read anything I write here, much less to answer my questions. Also, Google is my friend … Continue reading

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ready to start?

My wrist is still sore. It occurs to me now, getting mentally prepared to begin ‘work’ on Monday when Ted starts his new job, that deciding to step out of one’s regular life and write full-time, when one has not … Continue reading

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where has all the editing gone?

I have complained before about you pesky kids running on my lawn a noticeable lack of editing in some recent books, including not only self-published ones but also some from bigger publishing houses (to be fair, I have also seen … Continue reading

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words from the ROM part of the brain

I wrote a few days ago about how some books have a permanent address in my head. I meant that fairly literally, in the sense of a computer memory address, andd thought I’d provide a fwe short examples here. I … Continue reading

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not enough weekend (but a bonus story)

I ran out of weekend before I ran out of things I needed to do this weekend. Oops. I still need to sew two more buttons on a skirt I made (but at least I finally sewed in a ribbon … Continue reading

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Phoenix Pat

Inspired by rachelmanija’s alternate ending for Emily of New Moon. Only while hers is what really happened to Emily Starr, mine is what Pat Gardiner never said.

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nearly a true story

This is a fictionalized version of Rudder’s grandparents’ story. The names are changed, just enough for privacy. Some details are fudged; I have no idea what military rank Rudder’s grandfather reached, or where his wounds were, though the Purple Heart … Continue reading

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comparative etymology

It’s almost more interesting when Dutch and English don’t match than when they do – at least, when it’s a word that should match, by which I mean the sort of short basic words that you’d think would have been … Continue reading

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The characters’ monthly letters are up at the For Better or For Worse site. No doubt this will be fixed soon, but one paragraph in Elly’s letter currently reads (bolding is mine): Which brings me back to the weather. It’s … Continue reading

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