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What authors reveal

I’m reading a book right now that is just plain embarrassing. I feel like I’m intruding in the author’s head, and I don’t like what [...]

First draft melodrama

This passage is from the very first draft of the very first chapter I wrote. Both chapter and excerpt have since been rewritten several times. [...]


There is a doom upon you, but of what sort I know not.

Completely unrelated: When my daughter was younger and I tried to share [...]

I’m going to steal this line

“Silence, traitor! Death is your doom now.”

And this one:

“I have a doom laid on me, a doom that concerns us all, and I


Our morning visitor

Just about had a heart attack this morning. First thing when we get up in the morning we let the cats in the garage in [...]