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Waffles would prefer to keep a good woman (cat) down.

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The “Like” Diet: Going on Maintenance

The “Like” Diet: Going on Maintenance

It hasn’t even been a week, and already, the “Like” Diet is getting a little boring. I take great pleasure in clicking “Like” when I think no one’s looking; it’s like reaching into that big bag of chips for the third time. My friend Alice posted:

“STOP TAKING THOSE STUPID QUIZZES!!! You aren’t a dog, a playwright, a stop sign, a vegetable or a grocery bag. You can’t take an IQ test in 4 questions…

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The “Like” Diet: Join Me for Coffee?

The “Like” Diet: Join Me for Coffee?

I wish I had taken “before” and “after” pics of my Facebook newsfeed. I honestly did not expect to see changes in the content and quality of the feed so quickly; I wasn’t sure two weeks would be enough, let alone two days. If it hadn’t been for my friend Alice’s post, I might have chalked it up to the fact that I had recently been on vacation in Maine, with very limited cell and WiFi coverage.…

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The “Like” Diet

The “Like” Diet

The “Like” Diet: A Two-Week Cleanse

I’m not one for fad diets. But I’m going on a two-week cleanse, a short fast wherein I will consciously avoid “Liking” things on Facebook.

I may have to share and comment more. Or ignore that which doesn’t particularly inspire more than a passing “Like.” Egads.

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Let Go of the Dots!

Let Go of the Dots!

Ellipsis Abuse

“Hi, I’m Holly. I’m a writer, and I have an unhealthy addiction to ellipses.” I see a number of familiar faces in the audience, and I’m inspired to be a more decisive writer, a better leader. I pull a handful of dithering dots from my pocket, careful to hang onto the few loner-types willing to serve as periods, and I lay them down on the podium. It’s hard to let go, particularly…

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Passive Voice & Lazy Writing

Passive Voice & Lazy Writing

Believe it or not, I do put clear and accurate communication ahead of grammatical perfection, at least when it comes to technical and scientific writing. When it comes to fiction, I’d say that the ability to tell an good story well comes first. But grammar, spelling, and punctuation are the tools of the trade, and using them correctly means removing speed bumps that stand between the minds of the…

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A Paucity of Hope

A Paucity of Hope

With thanks to Ron Lacson for the inspiration, in Writing… and us. According to Ron, I inspired him to write that, yesterday, with my post, Nothing Left to Say. Ron writes that, “because most writers articulate how they view the world and craft their piece as a tool to share their dreams and values; their success and failures; their fears and visions, it then follows that in writing there is…

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Nothing Left to Say

Nothing Left to Say

What do you write when there’s nothing left to say? Or maybe there’s too much to say and you no longer have the heart to say it – you’re all “said out”?

In the end, maybe, you return to your first love: fiction.

You’re not sure that your resolve will stand strong – that you can resist commenting on “current events” or sharing an opinion of the day. But you are resolved to try. Not because you’ve…

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Sizzle and Stagnation (Short Fiction from Different Perspectives)

Sizzle and Stagnation (Short Fiction from Different Perspectives)

Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #346

The prompt: November, patience, bedroom, rights, brandy, happiness, accusation, society, contradiction, class

I’m a little tired of politics, but the prompt lent itself to a statement on politics.  And so I wrote two pieces based on this week’s words – not quite stories in their own right, but little vignettes that were inspired by the week’s words.

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He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said

Until recently, the best way to start a flamewar among writers was to ask, perhaps disingenuously, “What’s so wrong with passive voice?” Now, it seems, we’ve moved on to “said” vs. all the other wonderful verbs one might use to add a dash of spice to ordinary dialogue.

While “he said” and “she said” can, indeed, be monotonous, some of the alternatives lead to ludicrous acts of linguistic…

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