Monthly Archives:: October 2012

Bums on the Internet

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This website is being inundated by spammers. Someone tried to explain to me how this works, but it didn’t click with me. Something about the spammers getting paid just for landing their ads—even if only temporarily—on websites. How do I know they are spam and not actual letters? For starters, the “author’s” name is something… Read more »

Comment Spam

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I realize that spam (the unwanted electronic missives we get and not the—by now attractive by comparison—processed and canned meats) is a fact of life. I just don’t get it. On any given day, I can go into the comments section of garisonfitch.com and find fifty to two hundred useless bits of spam. Most of… Read more »

New Books to Write

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Here I am, struggling to write the next book in the saga of Edward and Marianne, when I keep getting these seemingly great ideas for other novels. Do I stick with what I’m working on or do I follow the muse? Is the muse for real, or just another form of work avoidance? What if… Read more »

When the Character is in Charge

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One of the strangest things when writing fiction is to have a character take over the story. You’re writing along just fine and, in your mind, the story is about Mister Smith. Mister Jones is in there, as is Miss Wells. But then, Miss Wells or Mister Jones begin to assert themselves and take over… Read more »

Cowboys and Aliens

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“Cowboys and Aliens” is a fun movie, if not one that’ll change your life in any noticeable way. The title pretty much tells you what the movie will be about. Still, it’s been so long since we saw a cowboy movie–let alone cowboys who had thoughts that originated above the waist–that I was glad to… Read more »