Posts made in December, 2010

14 months in review

Why 14 months? Because numbers are arbitrary, and there’s a better beginning, middle, and end this way. 🙂

The primary drawback of my choice of writing as an avocation is that on top of a sedentary, computer-centric work day of 8-10 hours, I throw on a few more hours of the same.…

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“We very rarely bloviate”

Quite a wrought sentence from this article.

We very rarely bloviate, although there are often exceptions to that rule.

Speaking on behalf of tech journalists, the author clames they “very rarely” bloviate, as long as one overlooks “often exceptions”.…

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Extraordinary claims; extraordinary evidence

The great Carl Sagan famously popularized the saying:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

I’ve always disliked that saying. It was intended as a shout-out to objectivity, rationalism, and healthy skepticism, but it has the opposite effect for me. Any writer will tell you that overuse of adjectives will actually weaken the point the writer is trying to make.…

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Writer’s Workspace: 12/8

Inspired by fellow VP alumni Miranda Suri, here’s a look behind the scenes at Chez Joel.

What I’m working on: Still plowing on my NaNoWriMo 2010 project. I briefly delved into a 6-year-old short story, which holds a special place in my heart as my first rejection-with-comments.…

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Micah Joel

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