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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 […]

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Second Guessing My Audience

One of the reasons I decided to pursue a novel was to create something expressly for myself. It’s a common aphorism to tell writers to write what they’d like to read. We all use writing as a vehicle to say what we want to say. For me there’s also an element of not having to […]

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It Was Always Burning

Is there a word for a revelation that’s been sitting in plain sight the entire time? Other than “Duh!”, I mean. Something German, probably. A strongly curated news feed and a steady stream of dead mall videos have been informing my work in progress. It’s also pulled out some deep memories of my childhood, and […]

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The Horror and Romance of Dead Malls

Somehow, over the holidays, I stumbled over videos about dead malls. It’s an entire genre on YouTube. A lot of things clicked for me. Is there anything more symbolic of a society in decline than an abandoned temple to consumerism or, worse, one that only has a 15%-20% occupancy rate? Enclosed ghost towns with crumbling […]

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The Program I Use to Write Novels

This post is not sponsored or an advertisement. It’s a response to a question that I’ve been asked. The program I use to write novels, specifically my current work-in-progress, is Scrivener. Key features make me prefer it over MS Word or Google Docs, and I use it for almost all of my writing projects. The […]