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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The last update is here. Duck River Bridge at Columbia, Tennessee Since last update I have added 2200 words […]

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Dime has created a new conversation-bait topic – his 90-day challenge, where you are supposed to finish something in 90 days. My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the […]

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Dime has created a new conversation-bait topic – his 90-day challenge, where you are supposed to finish something in 90 days. My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the […]

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Dime has created a new conversation-bait topic – his 90-day challenge, where you are supposed to finish something in 90 days. My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the […]

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As some of you know, I am an author. (If you don’t know, it is because I do not mention it often enough.) Dime has created a new conversation-bait topic – his 90-day challenge, where you are supposed to finish something in 90 days. The challenge I have taken is writing a book for publication. Some […]

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Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us rage. But don’t make us wish we were insomniacs at bedtime since you have given us the perfect tool to put us to sleep. Claire wrote her Eleven Tips, and we have it posted on the side of the Member Feed so that we can refresh ourselves […]

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It may sound silly coming from someone who, by and large, writes for a living, but I am at a loss as to where to start when it comes to learning to write fiction. Even better, learning to write fiction people will pay to read. Maybe not a total loss. I know the first (and […]

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I like history. I wish I could get paid to just sit around and read, ruminate, and occasionally pontificate on the subject. But alas, no such freedom for me at this juncture of my life, and in the current political climate, there are hazards to consider. But I digress. A couple of years ago, I […]

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I’ve discussed Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith, the anthology my wife and I are editing and publishing, on Ricochet before (here and here and here). We’re nearing the end of our submissions period, so I thought I’d discuss some of what’s going on with us. There’s a week left until submissions close on December 25th, […]

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Wherein the furor over Sad Puppies inspires an anthology I’ve mentioned the anthology my wife and I are doing before. It’s called Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith, and it’s an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories that meaningfully engage with Christianity. I’ve thought about posting a straightforward call for submissions here […]

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My wife and I have started an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories entitled Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith. We are currently open to submissions and accepting stories. More

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Have you ever wondered about the nature of language, and whether or not our language is adequate to express concepts we see in our minds or feel in our hearts? It’s a subject I’ve thought a lot about, especially in my interactions here, and seeing other people interact with each other. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Saturday Morning Diversion: Right Wing Clichés

 

HowToGoBeyondStockPhotoClichesIf you perused our Ricochet House Style guide, you may have noticed this item:

  • Terminate all clichés with extreme prejudice. The previous sentence, for example, should be terminated. “Social justice warrior” and other right-wing clichés should be replaced. TK: LIST OF RIGHT-WING CLICHÉS ALWAYS TO BE REPLACED

TK is a traditional editorial place-marker for “missing information to come,” by the way. It’s short for the intentional misspelling of “to come.” (Tokum, get it?) The origin of the symbol is shrouded in lore, but when pressed, editors will say that TK never comes up in everyday English, so it stands out; TC might be confused with Table of Contents; and besides, that’s just how we’ve always done it.

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Many years ago, I started writing a book. The initial working title was 101 Tips for Writing Better Poetry. When I reached 254 Tips, I despaired of ever finishing, and quickly threw it out on one of my Websites. Obviously, the old working title no longer works. Not only are there more than 101 tips, […]

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I am looking for descriptions of a unique process in your life. — 10 cents I am a believer in constrained art. When I write poetry, I usually write formal poetry. The forms constrain the work. Each form has strengths, weaknesses, and starting points. They have characteristics that make the individual forms perfect for presenting […]

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A recent contentious comment thread got me thinking about how I try to evaluate posts (and comments). Here are some criteria: Is what the person saying true or not? Do I like this person? Do I like the way this person has made their case? Is this person usually honest? Is this person usually level headed? […]

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Sometimes I find myself clicking on a post, only to realize that I’m not really interested in the topic but rather the author and what the author has to say. If the author has written a long post, I almost certainly will not read the entire thing, but I will make an effort to ascertain […]

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This is an expansion on a comment I made here, in Tabula Rasa’s post. This is just my own opinion, I do not have actual research to back this up beyond my own (and others’) anecdotal experience. I would argue that English teachers, both at the collegiate high school levels, are responsible for doing a […]

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shutterstock_172002743Writing a novel or two (or ten) is on my bucket list. I’ve jotted down ideas, notes, scraps of dialog from a dozen different stories. But I have yet to actually write a book… even a bad one. This, despite the ubiquitous advice from published authors that writing anything every day is the biggest step. Do Ricochet comments count?

I have read books on the various processes of many authors, which is a bit like asking people in every state in the USA for directions to Oklahoma City. Strangely, they disagree. Still, I appreciate the suggestions.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. In it For the Money, But With Questions, Too

 

shutterstock_133534910I would like to use this opportunity to explain why, precisely, I write: for the money. And indeed, as Dr. Johnson said, “No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.”

Admittedly, the money’s not great, but that is indeed why I do it. (Were it to do over, I might have thought of applying the same talents to corporate law. I fantasize about that fork in the road, sometimes. But I didn’t. No point in regret.) Now, when I say “I do it for the money,” oddly, people think I’m kidding. Or worse: they’re shocked. Even people who should not be. This suggests to me a taboo that really ought not exist. In fact, it’s one I’d like to stamp on, hard, forever.

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