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Analysis of Marie De France’s “Lanval” via Queer Literary Theory

Analysis of Marie De France’s “Lanval” via Queer Literary Theory

“Lanval” by Marie De France has obvious themes of homosexuality present in the tale. The queer theory lense might analyze this entire tale to be one of how Lanval, a chivalrous knight, might indeed be gay, or at least bisexual; his lover, the fairest maiden of them all, could be a transgender or androgynous male…

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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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Wicked Good

Wicked Good

“Maybe my poems aren’t that great, but I know some people who like them. Anyways, it’s the best I can do.” —Adam Sandler (“Longfellow Deeds”), Mr. Deeds I heard this quote and it struck me like a hard punch in the nose. It is from the movie Mr. Deeds and it rings with so much…

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Reflections and Ruminations on Publishing

Reflections and Ruminations on Publishing

There are two primary methods to publish a book: self-publishing or traditional. Either avenue may potentially lead to a lucrative outcome, however, each has its own prerequisites and specific requirements to achieve success. With self-publishing, there are so many different options available to format, distribute, and sell a book that the sky is virtually the…

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Self- Vs. Traditional Publishing: Pros & Cons

Self- Vs. Traditional Publishing: Pros & Cons

Self-publishing probably began with Johannes Gutenberg and his famous printing press way back in the 15th century, so it is nothing new. Following the invention of the printing press, but before the advent of personal computers and print on demand technology, many authors were successfully self-published: Marcel Proust, Laurence Sterne, Martin Luther, Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Emily…

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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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The Short Story Opening Paragraph

The Short Story Opening Paragraph

The paragraph is one of the most important primary building blocks, next to the word and a sentence, in written language that is used to provide unity and form a distinct section in a written work beginning on a new line and containing a single topic, theme, or idea. In its simplest form it can…

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The Top Three Cloud Server Backup Solutions

The Top Three Cloud Server Backup Solutions

By Emmanuel Paige It is important to backup data on a computer for safe keeping on portable storage or on the cloud, and keep it protected if catastrophe strikes. Unprepared computer users can keep important files and documents stored on their computer for years, and without warning, eventually a system failure will strike that results…

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Introduction to Computers and Programming for Beginners

Introduction to Computers and Programming for Beginners

By Emmanuel Paige Computers are machines that compute complex math problems and “one definition of a modern computer is that it is a system: an arrangement of hardware and software in hierarchical layers” (Ceruzzi). At first computers were large and cumbersome and dominated entire rooms in buildings, but currently they have been reduced to microstructures…

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