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Kurt Giambastiani
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Author, Programmer, Recluse-in-Training
Author, Programmer, Recluse-in-Training

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From Sunday morning until late last night, I spent my time in a vortex of pessimism. Why? Because despite the media’s assurances, it seemed as though the massacre in Orlando had not “shocked the nation.” Rather, it seemed as though we, as a society,…
#Enough
#Enough
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For as long as I’ve held an opinion on the matter, I’ve disliked oysters. My first experience with them was as a main ingredient in a casserole. It was a dish of unappetizing, crusty brown…something…dotted by pale, rounded, rubbery oblongs that smelled of…
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I spent this Memorial Day reading about war; specifically, about the “Great War,” the First World War. One hundred years ago, Robert Graves, fresh from school, left his home in Great Britain and went to war in France. He recounts his experiences and…
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fur of satin midnight she is ever aloof wary silent an island of comportment her tail-wrapped feet situated primly at the boundary of our all-too-human bustle amber cabochons blink in the sunshine observing studying from the doorway from the top step…
Until Today
Until Today
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For the longest time, I was a show killer. Do you love a particular TV show? Well, for years, if I loved it, too, it was doomed because, as soon as I started watching it, as soon as I fell in love with the show, its had maybe a year to live before it got…
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I am a terrible businessman. Last week, I submitted my outline for the proposed Fairbanks biographical novel. Along with the actual outline/synopsis, I sent a letter explaining some of the decisions that went into its creation. The family only has…
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I am an outliner, and right now, I’m damned glad of it. Prior to beginning a project, I create a fairly extensive outline. Some writers prefer a more organic method; they set up a character in a conflict and write to see where it takes them. If I were a…
New Project: The Outline
New Project: The Outline
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You want a strong female character? I’ll give you a strong female character. Catherine Caewood (played by Sarah Lancashire) is the lead role in BBC’s Happy Valley, a crime drama set in working-class West Yorkshire; it’s a valley, but it isn’t happy. This…
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I have discovered a corollary to Parkinson’s Law. If you don’t know, Parkinson’s law is: Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. My discovery, which I shall call the Researcher’s Corollary to Parkinson’s Law, is: Research material…
New Project: Diving In
New Project: Diving In
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As regular readers have deduced, my current WIP, The Wolf Tree, has been languishing, left untended due to a variety of life events. I should probably call it a “work-in-stasis” rather than a work-in-progress. Now it’s official: The Wolf Tree is on the…
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