Coleridge Versus Ginsberg

Coleridge Versus Ginsberg

Note: this was an assignment for Linguistics 350 and I thought I would post it as my pound of flesh for the day (warts and all). Here is the link to the Power Point presentation that accompanied this week’s work. 5-1 Discussion – Translating From One Audience to Another “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by…

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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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The Price for Insurrection

The Price for Insurrection

Wonderful news about this book as of late. I’ve decided to add more short stories to make this a good value to my readers, and it will now be a collection with twenty-seven stories of varying length (short to novella) and will be my third volume of twisted tales so far. I am excited about…

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The Funny Farm

The Funny Farm

This is the story of Martin Preston, the forgotten child-and his extended family, a ragtag bunch of reprobates including adopted children, foster children, and grandchildren who come and go through the doors of the house known as “The Funny Farm,” their lives forever affected-born in the small logging town of Fairview, located along Highway 101…

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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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Death Rides Darkly: A Novel

Death Rides Darkly: A Novel

The party scene at The Royal, downtown Vancouver, BC is exciting and chic, as they host the annual Wicked City Halloween Fetish party. The costumes are themed in fetish, bondage, burlesque, and drag, and the event is truly a risqué mélange of sex, sin, and vice. Manson and Zoey, two Goth socialites, hook up and…

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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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