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Doing Dialogue
Most of us know that if we want our characters to leap off the page into our readers’ heads, we need to
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CITY SAUNTERING
There is country sauntering through field and forest, but city sauntering is quite a different thing.
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SAUNTERING
Now come the sweet spring days when it is balmy enough to saunter out of doors, aimlessly wandering over meadows
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HAPPY MAY DAY!
                                         May the blessed time of Beltane                                          Inflame the soul of all beings                                          From
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TIGHTENING YOUR WRITING
No matter how highly you think of your own writing, don’t kid yourself. You need an editor. And I do
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TWICE-TOLD TALES
“Filthy Marshlander,” someone yelled, as a chunk of pavement flew through the air. Bethany was relieved when her guard closed in around
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MISS PIGGY
March hares and moon rabbits are animals  that strike archetypal chords within us, which is exactly why we respond to Miss Piggy.
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OF MARCH HARES AND MOON RABBITS
This is a painting by British artist Angela Harding (www.angelaharding.co.uk)  titled “Shooting Stars.”  Notice the moon, and that the Hare is
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Anarcho-Primitivism??
This picture shows the island villages of the Ma’dan, Iraqi fisher-hunter-gatherers whose self-sufficient wetlands Saddam Hussein drained. Kenneth Posner’s “The Long Brown Path:
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On Ravens
  If you asked me what my favorite bird is, I would probably say the crow — all that intelligence,
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SOLARPUNK: REAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE TWENTY-TEENS
I have called this blog, “The Worlds We Long For” to ask how we can create communities more in harmony
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Winter Blahs
I am having the winter blahs; how about you? Although we’ve had an open winter without a whole lot of
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Real Life, Invented Worlds: The Marsh Arabs
When you are writing speculative environmental fiction about future worlds (as in the solarpunk and cli-fi genres) you embellish present-day
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Mollusks and Mathematics
Did you know that the chambered nautilus, unfurling in iridescent spirals, was “one of the first shapes in nature to
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A FROLIC OF FOOLS
Funny Jokes? Charades? Wild Dancing? Silly Games?  Feeling Foolish?
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Father Robin’s Solstice Sermon
I don’t preach when I write fiction: it’s all derring-do and story telling. But, just once, I let Father Robin
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Eels!
My original encounters with eels were not pleasant. My mother, fond of roasted eel, liked me to catch them for
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Real Life, Invented Worlds: Ocean Sailing
  When a schooner shifts and then tacks into the wind, heeling steeply, how does it feel down below?
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Solarpunk! Who’dathunk?
Dystopian novelists create worlds so deep in disaster that, by targeting the horrors, they nudge their readers to think about better solutions,  You wouldn’t think it,
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CLI-FI! Oh My!
Exploring the blogosphere last week, I found a forum sponsored by Science Fiction and Fantasy World  on a whole new genre –
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