Archive for March, 2010


Mudblood Graffiti

Without a doubt, Harry Potter and his world are very popular. But you know you’ve hit the big time when terminology from your books is used in everyday settings. Like “mudblood” in this graffiti found on Valencia Street in San Francisco.

Mudblood Graffiti

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Childish Things

“When I grew older I gave up childish things. Then I got married and my wife made me give up more.”

I ain’t married and I can still attest to the truth of this quote!

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MacHeist nanoBundle 2

For those of you interested in trying out new kinds of software on the cheap for a good cause, MacHeist is having their second nanoBundle sale. Featured are MacJournal, RipIt, Clips, CoverScout and Flow, plus if enough people purchase this $19.95 bundle, Tales of Monkey Island and RapidWeaver. While I haven’t used all the software I’ve gotten from these bundles in the past, usually the bundle costs less than most of the applications listed individually. In other words, a pretty good deal!

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Writer’s Advice

Sometimes I love lists. I rather miss doing the Top Five back on Not that lists are all-encompassing. They are generalities at best, clichés as worst, and fun none-the-less. To that end I thought these lists of advice from authors on writing was pretty good, especially Elmore Leonard’s:

3 Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But “said” is far less intrusive than “grumbled”, “gasped”, “cautioned”, “lied”. I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with “she asseverated” and had to stop reading and go to the dictionary.

6 Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose”. This rule doesn’t require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use “suddenly” tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.

8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters, which Steinbeck covered. In Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”, what do the “Ameri can and the girl with him” look like? “She had taken off her hat and put it on the table.” That’s the only reference to a physical description in the story.

That being said, AL Kennedy has some of his own good advice:

1 Have humility. Older/more experienced/more convincing writers may offer rules and varieties of advice. Consider what they say. However, don’t automatically give them charge of your brain, or anything else – they might be bitter, twisted, burned-out, manipulative, or just not very like you.

This all ties in nicely with something Neil Cross wrote about titles and working titles found on the Scrivener FB page… Who knew working titles of such famous books were so horrible?

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