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In The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Prism sums up a novel that she wrote and lost many years before, saying, “The good ended happily, the bad unhappily.  That’s what ‘fiction’ means.” Will the guys in the white hats out-gun the guys in the black hats?  You can count on it.  Will Wile E. Coyote […]

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A reader asks, Where do you get your ideas?  How do you come up with this stuff? Ideas are everywhere.  The hard part is winnowing out the ones that distract or detract from the story, or that there simply is not room for.  Laurence Sterne, in one of his many authorial asides, bewails all the […]

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The weather continues dismal here; not like Colorado at all.  It’s actually the 10th as I write this, but it’s a day of waiting so I thought I’d try to get ahead.  Waiting for the corrected book proof to arrive, waiting for DSL service to get switched on, waiting for whatever is keeping me from […]

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