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How to Construct a Christmas Yule Log and Maintain Your Sanity

*Note- This is a revised version of an archived post from 2011* Once upon a time, when I was quite ambitious in the kitchen, I decided to let out all the stops and make a Yule Log for our family Christmas celebration. The Yule Log originated in France as Buche de Noël, a classic Christmas …

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NaNoWriMo is done–Success!

I apologize for not posting recently but National Novel Writing Month took most of my time, along with hosting six house guests over Thanksgiving weekend. For the second consecutive year, I successfully wrote 50,000 words of my second novel, working title “Castle Danger.” In it, my Neo Renaissance main character, Matt Lanier, will face a …

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Technology–A Necessary Evil?

Yesterday my wife and I saw the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The writer in me loved the sci-fi/action/suspense plot line as well as the metaphors, the classic “hero’s journey,” and the juxtaposition of the vastness of space against the telling of one person’s story at the time of her biggest crisis of …

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Rest in Peace, Elmore Leonard. And Thanks.

I’m due for a new post, so I decided to comment about Elmore Leonard’s passing today because he was one of the great writers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. His characters were all unique, quirky, detestable but likeable at the same time, and above all, memorable.  I’ve only read a handful of his …

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The Funniest Thing You Will Read Today

Ran across this today. Always plenty of laughs, and a fun way to stimulate one’s creativity if you are a writer or just like to play with words. http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/2013win.html Humor is a great intellectual/emotional/ even spiritual stimulant (heck, even physical because we all know laughter is good for our health)suitable for a Neo-Renaissance life. I think …

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Why Music Matters to the Neo Renaissance Writer

The first protagonist I ever wrote in a novel is Matt Lanier, a farm boy from southern Minnesota with a near-genius level IQ. He’s a professional musician in the classical and jazz arenas, but can also hunt and fish, butcher a chicken for dinner, paddle a canoe and navigate in the wilderness, fix a motor, …

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Woo-hoo-hoo! Three thousand hits!

Short post today- not a “Renaissance blog” post- just a “how about that” moment. I just noticed today that the 3000th hit on this blog happened recently. It took my blog three years, one month, and twenty-six days to hit that milestone. 1,154 days. 3000 visits. That’s 2.6 visits per day. Not exactly setting the blogosphere …

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Tucson Festival of Books–2013

I attended the  5th annual Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. This is my third year in attendance and it seems bigger than ever. Not sure about better though. The attendance may be reaching critical mass because it gets harder and harder to see and listen to the big name authors who appear every year. …

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A Top Ten Helpful Manuscript Editing Technique

Short post this time. I’m doing a piece by piece deconstruction of a novel I highly recommend as a great read, and now recommend as a useful learning vehicle for revising writing. The book is “Prayers for Rain” by Dennis Lehane. He’s the author of two other megabestsellers you might have read or recognize–“Mystic River” …

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Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

Fortunately, I didn’t. But I did get this for my efforts this month: Woohoo. I’m one for one in National Novel Writing Month success. 50,000 words in thirty days. (“Twenty-nine, actually,” he boasted.) The only problem–I’m nowhere near done with the complete story. Most novels are closer to 100,000 pages, give or take a few …

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