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A Vulgar Tongue

Language is the key to culture, real or imagined. Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a dyed-in-the-wool geek. I mean, totally hardcore. I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in the Seventh Grade and did, on and off, through college. I still, to this day, have a significant bookshelf of roleplaying games, […]

The Inevitable Writer’s Block

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this month, you should be about two thirds done with your novel. If you’re not, don’t worry about it! And, either way, it seems like a good week to talk about writer’s block. Now, assuming that you’ve been writing this whole time, the most common forms of writer’s block, namely […]

Story Ideas

Need a NaNoWriMo story idea? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ve been thinking about this for a long time and you’re ready to start writing. If so, you’re golden and this is post is all academic for you. If not, this post is all about helping get you started. First of all, you have time before […]

Tools for NaNoWriMo

I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but if you are, here are some tools that might help those of you who are. First of all, for those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which is, according to their website, “… a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, […]

Let the writing begin!

NaNoWriMo starts today, but I won’t be participating this year. Maybe next year, after my life is just a little more settled and I’ve spent a year getting my writing chops back. Writing here, or any non-fiction, is relatively easy for me these days, but writing fiction is another kettle of fish.  I used to […]

Rules for Writing

The first rule is to WRITE! No, seriously, in honor of NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d link to things about writing and inspiration this month and, even though, I’m no great fan of rules, especially about writing, some people are.  So, with that in mind, I thought I’d share the Guardian’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction. […]

Generate Story Ideas

Are you stuck for ideas? It may be a little late for those people attempting NaNoWriMo this month, but it’s never too late for the rest of us to come up with some great story ideas. IO9 gave these as “10 Tips for Generating Killer Science Fiction Story Ideas”, but some of them are just […]

Opensource Writing Tool

In honor of the first Friday of NaNoWriMo, I’m bringing you a free writing tool and not from my usual main site. This week, I’m originating my regular Friday Fun Post from JKHoffman.com, where I hope to move most of my more creative work, instead of my regular Diary of a Network Geek. If you’ve […]


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