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My journey with AIDS…and more!: Time Stamp: Blog Writer’s Block

As of late, I’ve ‘got nothing’. Facebook has ruined my blogging.

Scripturient: Old habits, old junk

The past couple of weeks I have been trying to turn my office (one of our spare bedrooms, once upon a time) back into my office. A working space I’ll need when Susan retires this winter. My man cave, so to speak. Over the past few years, since I sold the store and went back . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Old habits, old junk

mark a rayner: Alexandra Leaving – a short history

This song is based on a poem by the Greek poet, Constantine P. Cavafy. His source material was a story from Plutarch about Mark Anthony, as he watched his allies and supporters leave Alexandra before his enemy Octavian attacked the city. The original poem is called “The god forsakes Antony,” and is a meditation on the […] . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: Alexandra Leaving – a short history

Scripturient: The gems of Salomé

I was perhaps 11 or 12 when I first encountered Oscar Wilde’s play, Salomé. Some of it, at least. At the time, I knew nothing of Wilde, his writing, or even much about theatre in general. After all, I was in grade seven or eight. It would be a … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The gems of Salomé

mark a rayner: New Fiction: Empty Space Times Two

This piece is probably the most straight-up sentimental thing I’ve ever written, but I’m quite chuffed to join the ranks of the writers who have been published by The Saturday Evening Post. (That includes, you guessed it, my literary hero, … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: New Fiction: Empty Space Times Two

Babel-on-the-Bay: It looks good on the NDP.

It is the way an Aussie friend says, “It looks good on them.” It is not said in a mean way but it implies that they deserve their quandary. And the current condition of the New Democrats is not only well deserved but about time. There are no more political virgins for them to sacrifice. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It looks good on the NDP.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Simple words work best #nlpoli

esquire.com last October. Big headline: Donald Trump Woos Republicans By Speaking at a 4th Grade LevelSmaller head: His competitors from both parties aren’t much better.Aren’t much better.Speaking at such a low grade level is a bad thing.The spe… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Simple words work best #nlpoli

Scripturient: Type Crimes and Taxes

Type crime is the term author Ellen Lupton uses in her book, Thinking With Type, to describe egregiously bad typography. That description came to mind as I perused the latest fluff mailer from our MP; the so-called “Tax Guide.” So-called be… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Type Crimes and Taxes

Scripturient: The Wolf and the Dogs

Once upon a time, there was a pack of good-hearted dogs who were known for their good deeds, and indeed their good natures. They travelled around the town unmolested, loved by everyone they met, helping with the chores, keeping the town safe from wil… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Wolf and the Dogs

Scripturient: Just My Type

Those long legs. Gently sloping shoulders. The swelling curves above and below. The sophisticated line of the throat. Everything to attract me, to draw my aging eye, to warm my heart. The sensual Bembo. She’s my kind of type. Bembo is one of the… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Just My Type

Scripturient: Myth and Meaning

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the physical pl… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Myth and Meaning

Scripturient: The Secret to Good Writing

Spoiler alert: the secret to writing well is…. (insert drum roll)… writing. Writing a lot. Every day. Every possible minute you can spare. Writing and writing more and then writing even more. But doing so within a pre-specified limit. Oops&#823… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Secret to Good Writing

Scripturient: Grammatical Hell in a Handbasket

The Washington Post has started the apocalypse. Yes, they have. And the whole world is about to go to hell in the proverbial handbasket because of it. The maw of Hell has opened… The Post has decided after decades – centuries? – of e… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Grammatical Hell in a Handbasket

Scripturient: A Sense of Pinker’s Style

I share one of Steven Pinker’s passions: I like to read style books, grammar books, language books. To me, they’re like literary chemistry sets. When I was young, getting a chemistry set for Christmas or a birthday opened a whole world to … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: A Sense of Pinker’s Style

Scripturient: The Gauche in the Machine

Rudibus ex machina: criticizing Collingwood’s latest newsletter feels a bit like punching a puppy. Or commenting on the sloppy grammar of local bloggers. Both are far too easy, like catching fish in a barrel, and I feel guilty when I even think of doing it. But since your tax dollars are at work, it needs . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Gauche in the Machine

The Political Road Map: Wriber: Canadian Intellectual Advancement

While Stephen Harper has done his fair share to direct our economy into the ground, he failed in all of his attempts from keeping Canadians from doing what they do best, which is making new things that benefit everyone as a whole!  Introducing Wriber… https://www.wriber.com/ Improve your writing and idea generation all in one place . . . → Read More: The Political Road Map: Wriber: Canadian Intellectual Advancement

Dead Wild Roses: The Tone Analyzer – Fascinating Pages on the Internet

Ever wondered about your writing style and the message your ‘word medium’ conveys?

 

The Tone Analyzer will tell you. 🙂

I put one of my previous endeavours through the mill. This is what was returned.

I’m still looking into if any of the analysis is congruent with reality. If it isn’t at least . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Tone Analyzer – Fascinating Pages on the Internet

mark a rayner: The tyranny of freedom

  From Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard, 1987.  

centre of the universe: Money for Nothing

Copyright is, at its simplest form, the method by which creators are paid for their work. It is a registration of an intellectual property (IP). It says “the creator has the right to charge, or not to charge, money for you to use this”. It’s not a form of censorship (and no court would rightfully . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Money for Nothing

mark a rayner: The nature of novelists

A short addendum, filed under who knows: Time-travelling pirates Über-chimp astrologers Ham-fisted hosers Over-emotional AIs Plus this subset of writers: Whisky-swilling scribblers Wine-soaked hacks Beery autobiographers Alltop is a algorithm posting as a humor site.

mark a rayner: A post in which I quote Marx

See, there was nothing to worry about, comrades. Alltop is not half-hearted about humor.

mark a rayner: You tell ’em Kurt

I post this quote for no particular reason. It’s from his collection, Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons. Alltop has some insanely fun links.

mark a rayner: Keyboard Shortcuts for Novelists

  Or you could just mash the keys together in a fit of anxious rage and see what happens? Alltop gets funny whenever you hit alt + f. H/T to Corey Redekop. Genius cartoon by Tom Gauld.

centre of the universe: A tisket, a tasket…

What the crap is a tisket, anyway? Or, for that matter, a tasket? You know what, it doesn’t really matter. I’m’a just make it up. And I’m’a write about it. And the thing I write is going to be called “The Great Tisket; or, An Adventure in Tasket”. AND IT WILL BE MAGNIFICENT. A short . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: A tisket, a tasket…

centre of the universe: This may be the best thing I have ever written 

I found this little gem on my Twitter feed via timehop. Part of me wishes it were fiction.                      It’s always an adventure when you’re me.