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Michael Cummings
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TL;DR: The writing continues. I’d love to write more blog posts, but these days its been head down, fingers on keyboard. Well, not quite – I’ve also been re-engaging my stamp collection. What, months before a cross country move isn’t a good time for that?…
TL;DR: The writing continues. I’d love to write more blog posts, but these days its been head down, fingers on keyboard. Well, not quite - I’ve also been re-engaging my stamp collection. What, mont...
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I know what you’re thinking – duh, of course, who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? But I would actually go so far as to say they are my favorite of all the cookies. Oh, sure, I like other cookies, but chocolate chip cookies have a special place in my…
I know what you're thinking - duh, of course, who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? But I would actually go so far as to say they are my favorite of all the cookies. Oh, sure, I like other cooki...
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Can anyone recommend a good online vendor for mount guards? Thanks!
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This is the year, my friends. Granted, there were times when I thought a few years ago was the year. (Last year? never thought it was the year. It was a depressing doldrum of a year.) That year didn’t pan out so well, but this year, why, it’s rife with…
This is the year, my friends. Granted, there were times when I thought a few years ago was the year. (Last year? never thought it was the year. It was a depressing doldrum of a year.) That year did...
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Stages of writing a novel, via Chuck Wendig

Scary confession time: I’ve never read a Chuck Wendig book. I want to, I do, if for no other reason than his blog on writing is always like a drunk coach cheering on the team before falling face first on the bench – a bit raw and candid, but full of…
Scary confession time: I've never read a Chuck Wendig book. I want to, I do, if for no other reason than his blog on writing is always like a drunk coach cheering on the team before falling face fi...
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I rather like the idea of these weekly updates. Often enough that I just might remember to do them, not too often that I’m boring everyone. I hope. It’s been a week since I stabbed myself cutting cheese (oh, the humiliation). Just like someone losing…
I rather like the idea of these weekly updates. Often enough that I just might remember to do them, not too often that I'm boring everyone. I hope. It's been a week since I stabbed myself cutting c...
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The answer to "What is the moon?" debated QVC style. Sigh.
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Just blogged - How long to make it?

Novel length is something that’s really been on my mind lately. Probably because I’m about to hit the 45K mark on my story, which is a sure sign I’m past the halfway mark. According to the sense of pacing in my head (because I’m a lousy outliner, that…
Novel length is something that's really been on my mind lately. Probably because I'm about to hit the 45K mark on my story, which is a sure sign I'm past the halfway mark. According to the sense of...
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Heh, nobody liked my stuff either. I'm just glad there are options now. I used to be considered an idiot, now I'm probably just considered a moron. The thing is to not quit. Keep writing what you like to read. Eventually someone will like it, be that person an agent, an editor or a thousand loyal fans.
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Reading this I thought of +Alvaro Zinos and +Jamie Rubin, not just for the Asimov mention but more for the golden age aspect.
 
For #nerdy9th  I'm going to write about history.

As a science fiction fan, learning that Isaac Asimov grew up in windowless spaces and big cities explains why he had no trouble imagining future humans living in domed cities or spaceships, a concept that seemed bizarre to many of his day. Learning that E.E. "Doc" Smith wrote the first space opera story, Lensman, before there was even a market for it, and stuck it in a desk drawer until Amazing Stories came along, explains so much of why it had such power; it was a strong, original vision rather than a reaction to a trend (and would go on to color much of future SF, most notably Star Wars).

As an anime fan, discovering that Japanese science fiction grew out of detective novels explains so much of why mysteries are woven into so many modern anime series, even romance titles. Learning that Japanese film studios didn't have the money or resources for animation in the early 20th century (thanks to the many wars Japan was involved in) explains why it took so much longer for animation to mature in that country than in, say, America.

I'm fascinated by history, not as a general subject -- I rarely gravitate to history for its own sake -- but to understand cause and effect. I love digging into the history of a subject.

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I haven't seen Jupiter Ascending yet, but I strongly support enjoying movies for entertainment value. Sound in space and everything.
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Came across this story today about an 11 year old girl asking DC Comics just where the heck their female leads were all hiding: When 11-year-old Rowan noticed a lack of women superheroes in DC Comi...
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Has it been that long since I last blogged? On the upside, I’ve got a current work in progress. As of tonight, I’m about 21k of the way in, which is a good foothold. I’ve learned a few tricks writing this novel so far, things I’ll happily share – once I…
Has it been that long since I last blogged? On the upside, I've got a current work in progress. As of tonight, I'm about 21k of the way in, which is a good foothold. I've learned a few tricks writi...
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