The Doofus Character

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Sometimes readers will more easily accept the premise if they understand what’s happening from a technical point of view. To achieve that without a huge info dump a frequent technique used in movies is to have someone who doesn’t understand ask a question. My wife and I refer to that person as The Doofus Character. …

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Maybe He Ate Buttercups

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What if your story hinges on something being true, but you have no way to prove that it could happen? How do you convince your reader that it could? You could read every scientific treatise related to the subject at hand and devise a logical-sounding theory, but that obviously isn’t always practical (and is certainly …

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What I’m Working On, 3-19-2021

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I’ve been spending far too many hours in front of my computer monitor lately. On December 11, 2020, I published my latest book, Aggravated. I had been working on it exclusively for the past several years, and had set aside several other projects that were in various stages of completion while I finished and published …

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What I Was Reading During the Pandemic

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As I mentioned in the previous post, I often read books which aren’t related to what I’m writing about at any given time. While I was in the final year of polishing and editing (and doing a ton of fact-checking) for my book, Aggravated, I acquired the full collection of Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley mysteries. …

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My Reading Habits

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Background  When I was younger (pre-teen through high school) I read a great deal. All sorts of things. Sci-fi, adventure, classics, horror.  Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, H. P. Lovecraft, etc. I’ve added other authors to the list since then, of course, too many to mention …

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Fallow Fields

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fallow, adjective. 2: dormant, inactive —used especially in the phrase to lie fallow A New First Post The final posts in my previous blog were written in 2016, roughly five years ago. What was happening between then and now? Why did I let those websites lie fallow all that time? I could make a number …

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Stochastic Thoughts

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[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] When plotting and planning my writing, I am often given to stochastic thoughts and inconsequential ramblings which will, hopefully (someday) further develop into something concrete, so I thought we ought to take a look at the word stochastic. Etymology of stochastic From Ancient Greek …

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Cacaoethes Scribendi

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[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] It’s a Latin phrase, meaning an insatiable desire to write. Cacoethes can be translated as either a bad habit or a malignant disease. The phrase originally comes from a line in Juvenal’s Satires, “Tenet insanabile multos scribendi cacoethes,” which translates as something like “the …

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Getting Unstuck from the Dreaded Writer’s Block

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You’re facing the blank page, and nothing’s happening (either in your mind or with your fingers). No words are appearing on the screen (I almost said “on the page,” but my tech-geek gene stopped me). Writer’s block has arrived. Or has it? True writer’s block, I think, is more feared than experienced. Let’s pause for …

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My Interview on WLT’s Blog

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] I was honored to be interviewed recently by the nice folks at Scribe, the Writers’ League of Texas’ blog, for their Meet the Members segment. It posted today. Here’s a copy of the interview. MEET THE MEMBERS Posted by Writers’ League Staff, March 17, 2014 …

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