Monthly Archives: April 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors, Sunday 28 April 2013 (Of moonlight and parallels)

“Did you want to walk?” He nods, looking eager for the first time. Yes, in the moonlight, he can pass for mortal. “I’ll set the next batch,” and that’s a matter of a few minutes, and then she closes the … Continue reading

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Writer’s Notebook: Imitations 1 – Chandler’s ‘Red Wind’

A couple of years ago, our MnNaNo writer’s group did regular challenges. This one was set, I believe, by Brian (Expatrie on the NaNo boards): Imitate a given passage from another writer. Here’s my rambling notebook entry with the close-reading (aka … Continue reading

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Coffeehouse tour

Moscow got spring before we did here in the Twin Cities, but the last of the unseasonable fluffy white stuff has melted off and today I am abroad and afoot, taking the first walk of the season not in the … Continue reading

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Weekend Writing Warriors, Sunday 21 April 2013 (A stroll past midnight)

Terence and his inamorata stroll among the foliage, in a fantastical sort of garden. The university grounds are peculiar; there are places here that try to imitate Oxford or Paris, and sometimes a flash of moonlight on a carven doorway, … Continue reading

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Weekend Writing Warriors, Sunday 14 April 2013 (Singing vampires)

She is making notations in a notebook, and then she pulls a glowing screen toward her, and through the glass I hear the tap of fingers pit-a-pat on the keys.  “I’m on deadline,” she says, “but I might be able … Continue reading

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Weekend Writing Warriors, Sunday 7 April 2013 (Vampires in the library)

Of course, no one has moved any of these books, Gauss or Galileo or Newton, in simply ages. I read or re-read them, I confess, for much the same reasons as Terence reads his dime-novels, to recapture the thrill of … Continue reading

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Genre trouble: toneless realism (definition with polemic asides)

Back in 2011, one of my NaNo buddies asked me to define “toneless realism,” which I’d used in the course of critical response. The e-mail I wrote in response is an essay with examples, reproduced here. *** What is toneless realism? … Continue reading

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