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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What I’m Working On, 03-04-2014

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] A couple of weeks ago, a question was asked at the [now defunct] Fiction Writers and Editors Group at LinkedIn. It was simply, “What are you working on?” After I had responded, along with a hundred or so other writers, it occurred to me that …

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A Writing Space of My Own

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After Minay and I got married in August 1982 — yes, it’s been nearly thirty-two years, and she hasn’t killed me yet — I made sure I had an area to write in. Sometimes it was makeshift, like the corner in the second bedroom of our first apartment (which also served as our exercise room …

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Writing Retreats

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I’ve been to two writing retreats in the last six months, and they were both wonderful (and an extremely rare experience for me). I don’t know what your writing situation is like, but let me tell you a little bit about mine. I retired in 2009, after nearly forty years in the workforce (thirty of …

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Opening Lines

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] Much has been written about how to do an opening scene in a novel. Just Google the phrase —“opening lines” books — and you’ll see about 1.15 million hits on the subject (some more relevant than others, of course). Many of the links will give …

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