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My Superpower

My superpower is the ability to look at a situation and immediately find at least ten ways that it can go pear-shaped. It’s what made me an excellent risk-assessment consultant and project manager. Well, it did when people were willing to listen. Most people get offended when you tell them that their perfect and foolproof […]

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What Did Jack Do? An Analysis

On 20 January, 2020 David Lynch’s short film What Did Jack Do? was released on Netflix. It’s not exactly a new film, although it’s had limited distribution until now. Lynch shot it in 2016, around the same him he was filming Twin Peaks: The Return. The short was shown once in Paris in 2017 during […]

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Reality Checks and the Little Details

Last week I wrote about being sick and the resulting need to reevaluate priorities. The day job writing is going well, I think, and the novel is coming along. I’m still sick, though, probably as a result of the terrible weather we’ve been having. Little details are getting skipped, so that I have time to […]

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The Merry Writer Writing

Do You Use the Same Process for Every Novel

Today’s question is whether I use the same process for every novel, or if I take a different tack every time. In the past I would say that I had a consistent methodology over time. While things would evolve slightly as I found better ways of doing things, that was still an outgrowth of the […]

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Journal Work in Progress Writing

Restoration and Repair

Besides dead malls, my other current obsession, which is slowly creeping into my work-in-progress, is the “restoration and repair” genre on YouTube. People take old junk, from metal Tonka toys to antique radios to padlocks, refinish them, and make them like new. While I don’t quite get why you’d spend two weeks and a hundred […]