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“What Are Red Herrings?” Asked the Cat

In literature, a red herring is an informal fallacy that typically uses extraneous or irrelevant information to mislead the audience. It’s used to give an astute reader several challenges during the telling of the tale. In other words, they’re purposeful deceits the author employs to mislead the folks who read their stories. Red herrings are actually dried fish that are kippered, or salted and smoked, which turns their meat a reddish color. In 1807, a…

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What Are MacGuffins?

JULES You win. Jules raises his hand off the briefcase. JULES It’s all yours, Ringo. PUMPKIN Open it. Jules flips the locks and opens the case, revealing it to Pumpkin but not to us. The same light SHINES from the case. Pumpkin’s expression goes to amazement. Honey Bunny, across the room, can’t see inside. HONEY BUNNY What is it? What is it? PUMPKIN (Spoken softly) Is that what I think it is? Jules nods his…

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Guy, President of the United States

Yup, you missed out. I was an official registered independent candidate for President of the United States. Unfortunately, I didn’t win. I did, however, get my name into the historical records. For example, there’s the page about me on Ballotpedia. Hopefully President Trump will turn out to be someone who doesn’t nuke the planet. Fingers crossed. Y’all had your chance. Next time write my name on your ballot. Every vote counts. I get curious every so…

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Writing How-To’s for Fun and Profit @ The Fictorians

I have a new post over at The Fictorians titled “Writing How-To’s for Fun and Profit.” It gives some information on writing non-fiction ebooks for you to sell, based on what you already know and enjoy doing. Just to be clear, it’s not one of those posts about hiring some poor writer from overseas for peanuts and then making a crappy book with the same old information run through an article spinner. This is some…

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Fictorians: DMCA Tools

Over on The Fictorians, I have a double-shot of fun this month. The theme is about different writing tools for authors. If you want to read some reviews of different useful tips, tools, and troubles, stop by this month. My first tool article is one I’ve talked about at the Horror Writers Association for their members-only newsletter — Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Tools for dealing with pirates. It covers some specific things to do…

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

As the summer approaches, there are more items and events that will be tugging on your availability. Full-time writers with several years of discipline under their belt have an easier time saying “no” to joining in on the fun when there’s a deadline looming, but what about the part-timers or those who just made the jump to full-timer? First off, let’s have a quick discussion about writing. It’s a career or, for some, a creative…

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Apples and Aliens

I was a nerdy kid before nerds were identified as a cultural subgroup. I was also a very advanced reader, preferring to enjoy college-level books on astronomy instead of the usual dinosaur or Encyclopedia Brown books in fifth grade. One day, while wandering through the local library, I spotted a section called “Science Fiction”. Since it did have the word ‘science’ in the label, I stopped to check out what was lurking on the shelves.…

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Pass It On — The Fictorians

While my blog was having mental issues, The Fictorians posted another blog article penned by yours truly. The article concerns passing on the good deeds that others did to help you with your career. If you have a bit of success, take the time to help others get up to the level you’re enjoying. People remember the names of folks who went out of their way to give a hand. The post is over at http://www.fictorians.com/2014/07/14/pass-it-on/.…

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New Guest Post at The Fictorians

I have another guest post over on The Fictorians, a literary blog that has monthly themes. This month, the theme is what book inspired me to write. My answer is my first science fiction book called “The Space Ship Under the Apple Tree” by Louis Slobodkin. You can read the blog/article here: http://www.fictorians.com/2014/05/06/apples-and-aliens/

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