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Posted on December 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been at this a little while. A little over two years.

I'm wrapping up my blogging like a present covered with red paper and a white bow.

Put it under your Christmas tree if you can figure out how.

Hope you are well TODAY!

Matthias Hoefler

NaNoWriMo: word slammed

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)


I  won NaNoWriMo this year. Had some time on my hands, so I went for 80,000 words and made it.

I let it "cool" for six months and decided it was worth editing. It's my first book, and as of 7/14, I'm still editing it. If you're really that bored, you can see my blog where I chronicle this editing. Toward the middle or so I ...

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Teach Me How to Dougie

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Diary,

I wish Cynthia Kereluk could teach me how to dougie:

"Now you bend your legs like this, but take care! See that the knee joint does not come over the toe."

"Best posture possible. Work forward and back."

"Almost finished! Work hard!"

Tee-tee-tee-teach me how to dougie. Tee-tee-teach me how to dougie.


Posted on October 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I am hitching my star to the illustrious "NaNoWriMo" this year. Heard about it before. This is the first year I'm going to try it. It starts November 1st. If you are a writer, it may be of interest to you.

I'm excited! It's going to be a lot of work, but it'll be quite an experience, I'm sure.

So I say that to say I probably won't post to my blog for a month or so. Maybe little updates or things I need to share about it, but that's probably it.

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Before you start writing

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


If you're like me, you learned to write down your thoughts on paper, then go back through once or twice to get all the spelling right. That was that. You turned in your paper, which was (nearly all of it) the same content expressed in your first draft.


Maybe in college you tinkered with the content of your writing a little more. Maybe you didn't.



In the 90s (it may so be yet today), elementary ed. teachers were teaching writing a...

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Starting your writers' group

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I tried to get a writers' group off the ground recently, so I took some notes from around the web. My group didn't work out, but maybe you can benefit from the research I did.

Be clear from the beginning about the structure of your meetings

Will you read your writing out loud, and will everyone give feedback? (You might make feedback optional, if the author would rather not take any feedback for a particular piece.) Will you email your story, article pitch,...

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Frame narrative

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (4)


Before we start, I want to get one thing straight. Zoetrope is a great place to have your work critiqued if you are a writer. There are also possibilities if you are interested in film.

Okay then. There is a tool called a "frame story" or "frame narrative." A (relatively) simple example of this would feature a narrator telling the beginning of a story, and then the rest of it is in third person.


Wikipedia suggests the function of this "...

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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Warning. This post is super long.

I have been in Matthew 6 for some weeks now. I'm reading the section that starts 

Matt 6:7 And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him (AMP).


Then Jesus gave them the so c...

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The creative wow

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I have learned a little about the creative process. It seems to me you have to do the rank and file work everyday, staying at it patiently. If you wait for inspiration to strike, you may never produce anything, for all I know.

For me, this creative blast comes seldom. In high school, I did a great many paintings. Some of them I labored over for months. Then one day an idea hit me in the morning. I started the piece that morning and finished it before the end of the day. It ...

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Posted on August 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Counterpoint. I have only done a handful of these, so I'm far from expert. I bring it up because I found it  challenging. Maybe you will, too.

Here is a great intro, as far as I'm concerned. He or she gives you some "bass lines" to build a "melody" line over (very difficult to explain, since both lines have melody aspects to them.) And hey, value for your money (Since it's free.)

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God sanctioned lies?

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Lord takes lying seriously.

Lev 6:1-6 “...if he has found something lost and lies about it...he must return what he stole or extorted, ...He must make full compensation, add twenty percent to it, and hand it over to the owner on the same day he brings his Compensation-Offering. He must present to God as his Compensation-Offering a ram without any defect from the flock, assessed at the value of a Compensation-Offering. 7 "Thus the priest will make atonement for...

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Blues aab form and abc

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I was only familiar with the aab form of the blues. Each letter represents four measures. So you might have heard Jimi Hendrix sing

I might as well go on back down, go back 'cross yonder over the hill.

I might as well go back over yonder way back yonder 'cross the hill, (That's where I come from)

'Cos if my baby don't love me no more, I know her sister will!

Note that...

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