Some Old Dude

Writing for fun

Rules of the society

note about girl going to the bishop's court for riding a horse "straddle"

If you’re writing historical fiction you need to keep in mind the rules of the society. I found the note among my grandfather’s papers. Phoebe Amelia Richards a daughter of Dr. Willard Richards. Called to the Bishops court for riding straddle with a girl friend, and on a Sunday! This happened in the mid-1800’s when side-saddle was the way for a proper young lady to ride. It’s important to note […]

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Character traits meme

When looking for inspiration I often head over to Deviant Art, where I found this character traits meme. (Cick on the picture and it will take you to the original site where you can find a much larger version.) If you take the time to visit Deviant Art you’ll find they not only have several sheets for character traits, they have an entire section of writing tutorials.

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Flash fiction as a writing aid

latest collection of books that will tell me nothing

I’ve been trying to write a bit of Flash fiction purely as a learning process. By having to finish a story in 1,000 words or less I need to cut to the chase. Among other things, I suffer from the infamous “as you well know” syndrome; that conversation that occurs solely for the benefit of the audience that would never happen in real life. (Unless you’re both drunk. In which […]

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National Novel Writing Month redux

My first National Novel Writing Month -NaNoWriMo did terrible things to my ego, and I’ve been finding excuses not to write since then. On the upside, by trying to write a novel in 30 days learned a lot. Next time around, I need to: Set aside more time. I don’t type as quickly as I thought I could. The arthritis in my joints and scars on my fingertips make for […]

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NaNoWriMo 1 me 0

NaNoWriMo wins

I know it’s only the 28th, but I give up. National Novel Writing Month -NaNoWriMo- wins. It did not kick my ass. It chewed me up, spit me out, and pissed on the pieces. After 30,000 words I realized that I had contradicted –badly contradicted– pretty much everything I said in chapter one. I tried to reconcile the two and that just ain’t gonna happen. The personalities are diametrically opposed. […]

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