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The Curious Case of the Cephalopod Mollusc and the Zoologist

Posted in Octopus, Steampunk, True Stories, and Zoology

Octopuses are truly fascinating creatures. Bilaterally symmetrical cephalopod molluscs of the order Octopoda (meaning eight legged) they have intrigued and horrified the human ape since earliest times. A recent post at The Steampunk Journal relates the imminent arrival of thousands of octopuses to the shores of New Zealand, where…

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The Storied Truth, or the Honest Lie ~ Some Thoughts

Posted in Learning to Write, Storytelling, The Short Story, and Truth

Neil Gaiman has famously pointed out that fiction writers are professional liars, but that we lie in the service of truth. The idea is oft quoted. Oft quoted but rarely examined. I’d like to think about it now. The idea is not original to Gaiman, as I’m sure he would be the…

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Hunger, Fire & Iron: The Making of a Writer

Posted in Learning to Write

Any wise aspiring writer will, sooner or later, seek out the advice of established writers in the hope of gaining useful insights, practical tips and encouragement. She may seek that advice in person, through books, magazines, writing courses or social media. I’ve been no exception. I’ve found some advice…

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