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Notes on How I Became a Writer and Publisher

Notes on How I Became a Writer and Publisher

by Emmanuel Paige I was born on February 18, 1970 in Aberdeen, Washington and I am a writer of fiction and non-fiction. I spent my formative years in a Sawyeresque fashion, fishing and catching frogs on the muddy banks of the Hoquiam river, skateboarding in the Sunset Memorial Park cemetery because the pavement there was…

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Religion in the Media Harry Potter and a Catholic School Controversy

Religion in the Media Harry Potter and a Catholic School Controversy

by Emmanuel Paige LINK: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/03/us/harry-potter-catholic-church-st-edward-nashville-trnd/index.html SUMMARY: The St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee, is boycotting the Harry Potter series by author J.K. Rowling because they claim there is really magic in the spells. The Catholic Church has always taken magic, spells, demonic possession, and exorcism seriously. A shining example is portrayed in the book…

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A Discourse in Oblivion

A Discourse in Oblivion

I have been inspired by certain authors whom I have read over my lifetime, but the two major influences are, without question, Stephen King and Louis L’Amour. I went on to imitate King for decades and I learned a lot about writing as a result. As for the Western genre and L’Amour, not so much;…

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My Favoritest New Word: “Deepfake”

My Favoritest New Word: “Deepfake”

Merriam-Websters states that they have recently added 535 new words to their www.merriam-webster.com dictionary. That is a large list and proves the English language is alive and well. I enjoy etymology, and I find myself frequently looking at entries in the Urban Dictionary with amazement. I find it fascinating how new words are just popping out of…

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Pleonasm, Hubris, and Other Writing Atrocities

Pleonasm, Hubris, and Other Writing Atrocities

“You don’t have to understand the internal-combustion engine to drive a car, and you don’t need to know the circumstances which surrounded the making of a story to get a bit of pleasure from it. Engines interest mechanics; the creation of stories interests academics, fans, and snoops (the first and the last are almost synonymous,…

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Out With the Old, in With the New

Out With the Old, in With the New

The end of one decade and the beginning of another . . . and here we are now. Last year, in 2019, I completed a collection of stories titled “The Black Hound and Other Stories.” It was the culmination of a series of stories I had worked on over the years (two decades or more)…

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