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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Valentine Valley Vintners (Short Fiction)

Valentine Valley Vintners (Short Fiction)

A very short story inspired by the prompt: Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #345 to use the following words: natural, children, services, rights, brandy, associations, valley, main, flaky, pursue

Valentine Valley Vintners

 

“Of all the flaky…” Josh threw the morning paper down on the table in disgust.

“What’s wrong, dear?” Lily continued wiping the kitchen counter, mentally ticking…

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Interview with Artist Todd Kruse

Interview with Artist Todd Kruse

I met Todd Kruse through work, many years ago. Until recently, I did not know that Kruse was a remarkably talented artist who might convert me into a fan of contemporary abstract art. I recently had the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

“What inspired you to start painting?”

“I would have to say that the seed was planted by my Grandpa Kruse,” Todd said. “When I was about 13 I had an…

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Culinary Arts and Letters

Culinary Arts and Letters

It has been a while, hasn’t it? Thanks to @AnkleBuster (Mitchell Allen) for letting me know that the Creative Copy Challenge had been resurrected!

This week’s words: Act, Tougher, Quality, Contribute, Hockey, Soft, Sandwich, Colour, Hopeful, Nimble

See Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #344 for more details.

Culinary Arts and Letters

A Fictional Reality Show

Easton stepped up to the…

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Rum and more rum, with vitamin c and a cherry on top!

Rum and more rum, with vitamin c and a cherry on top!

View from my back door.

View from my back door.

Would I Write for Free?

Would I Write for Free?

Once again, Damyanti has written a thought-provoking post about writers being asked to write for free. Hers was inspired by the even more thought-provoking “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!” by Tim Kreider for the New York Times.

One of the things I most value about U.S. copyright law is its recognition of the fact that as the creator of a literary work (which, for legal purposes, includes the less…

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Rainbow! You might have to look hard, but it’s there.

Rainbow! You might have to look hard, but it’s there.

Free Speech, Fear, and Consequences

Free Speech, Fear, and Consequences

Freedom of speech. It’s hard for me to imagine living in a world where that’s not considered a human right. By free speech, I don’t mean “the right to lie,” or “the right to deceive others.” I don’t mean “the right to bully” or “the right to swear at” others. Free speech, to me, means that ideas are encouraged and shared – the obviously good and popular, side by side with the smaller, quieter…

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