Writing

A Printer's Devil of a Time

My mother had been an assistant research chemist during the Second World War at the Edgewood Arsenal, Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland (where she met not only my father but also Frank Zappa's parents). Later in life she worked editing scientific journals. She let me help her with the proofreading. I was sixteen years old. But I had caught the journalism bug long before that. One of my grandfathers had been a newspaper reporter in London before emigrating to Canada.

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A Few Words on Writing Dialogue

I was going to write this all in dialogue, but I'm not really up to the challenge. Who would be speaking with me? How many of us would there be? Where would we find ourselves? If you have written scripts for film or play, you know how important stage directions are to flesh out the dialogue. The actors need to know what to do as well as what to say. The audience expects it all to be presented to them, with little left to their own imagination. Consider a radio play, on the other hand. Here the listener is given only sound clues to augment the dialogue. 

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You’ll figure it out. You always do.

This past couple of weeks, I’ve been working through the rough draft of a short story. I have the basic outline in my mind. I know what’s happening, for the most part. And I know some of the middle.

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Up Against The Wall: Darrin Doyle

Our interview with Darrin Doyle. Darrin Doyle was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He has worked as a paperboy, a janitor, a mover, a telemarketer, a door-to-door salesman, a Kinko's Copy Consultant, a porn store clerk, a pizza delivery guy, a prep cook, a magazine store clerk, a technical writer, a freelance newspaper writer, an English teacher in Japan, and finally, a professor and an author.

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