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The Ways of the World: Addled by Adverbs
Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 by Editing is hell on the self-esteem. I took a poem that was quite nice to a workshop last week, and one of the comments was a request for a few less adverbs, if possible. For a long time, I wondered why so many have a prejudice over these little words that end in -ly. I now see why it is so prevalent. These buggers are everywhere in my writing, lengthening senten...
The Ways of the World: Prolonging the Prologue
Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by "Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, wore white on the day he was to kill a king." So begins the prologue to Brandon Sanderson's yet to be released book, The Way of Kings. As soon as I read it, I knew I had no reason to be worried about what is coming in August. The Stormlight Archive will be as awesome as the Mistborn Trilogy, if not better. I can't...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age:  The elements of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Published on Thursday, April 1, 2010 by Have you always wanted a Master of Fine Arts but due to family, financial and/or other reasons you just never thought it possible?  Well if you do the right things at the very least you can write your own Master Fine Arts, build a strong portfolio of work and network with known and noted authors. A review of Master of Fine Art programs identifies the followin...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age
Published on Monday, March 8, 2010 by I have to admit while I had ideas for my blog this week, I was not inspired.  Drawing upon something I heard  last week from an author presentation in Second Life®..this author stated she would wander around Second Life® seeking inspiration at times like these.  I decided to take a few hours and see if I could be inspired by what I saw and experienced in Second L...
Grinding the Grid: The Meaning of Art on Second Life®
Published on Friday, March 5, 2010 by The SLCPro event this week came with a lot of announcements about Linden Lab's current projects, including the release of the Viewer 2.0 Beta to the public and the unveiling of their new Third Party Viewer Policy. After losing myself reading about all these developments in the blogs, the one that stuck out as the most interesting to me was the establishment of a Linde...
Second Life® Writing: Travel
Published on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by It's probably pretty clear by now that I quite like writing about Second Life®.  Mostly, my writing concentrates on the behaviour of people in virtual environments, since it's this that fascinates me most of all.  Occasionally, however, I do stray into descriptions of virtual scenery.  The extract below is adapted from my SL novel 'Be Right Back' (which - you gue...
Welcome to Jaen’s World: [Writing Reveals]
Published on Friday, January 15, 2010 by "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." — Dr. Seuss [Writing Reveals] Revealing has been a HUGE trend in America for the past 20 years with Reality TV programs, talk shows and game shows taking center stage. People have become very comfortable humiliating themselves in front of large, en...
Flawnt’s Virtual Views: Death
Published on Thursday, January 14, 2010 by Certainty? In this world nothing is certain, except death and taxes. (Ben Franklin) Ms Flawnt is reading Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia, a controversial thinker and scholar, who writes about the difference between the Apollonian elements of our lives (anything related to the mind and air) and the Chthonic (or Dionysian) elements (related to the body and the Ea...
Flawnt’s Virtual Views: manifesting
Published on Thursday, January 14, 2010 by The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it. -Ben Franklin Finished that belated, beloved, beleaguering NaNoWriMo contest at 50,267 words. What can I say: thanks to the divine. Amen to my mom and dad. Blessings to the organisers. Yiiipppeeehs and Yaya-cries to the other writers and ...
Flawnt’s Virtual Views: Gathering
Published on Thursday, January 14, 2010 by “You may delay but time will not.” (Ben Franklin) I’m sitting outside in front of our weekend house, and it is freezing cold. I wear four layers: undershirt, shirt, sweater, jacket, and I have slung a blanket around my legs. I look like I ought to look like: sitting in front of a lifeless piece of electronic editing equipment, staring at the blank screen. I s...
Flawnt’s Virtual Views: Novel
Published on Thursday, January 14, 2010 by “Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.” (Benjamin Franklin) I must admit that I’m a little lost in thought today, lost in translation between the world I know and I’m used to, the world of flash fiction, and another world that I would like to enter, but I don’t know if I can get my fat head through the door: the ...
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