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Dramatic Division

– Advertisement – – Dramatic Division: An Analysis of the 3- and 5-act Structure of Dramatic Writing Introduction Research into the difference between 3- and 5-act play structures is very difficult. Few books address this topic directly unless they are dealing with scriptwriting, though I believe it to be a topic of great interest to […]

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Fiction: The Unsaid

Carlos watched the crowd pass by while April talked with the cheese vendor. He could hear her soft tones beneath the noise of the crowd. He was always listening for the sound of her voice, even when she wasn’t around; it was like the magnetic pull of the earth’s core. When she finished, he slipped […]

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Inspiration: MIT’s Silk Pavilion

  MIT’s Mediated Matter group has constructed a silk dome using 6,500 silkworms–the first step in biological 3-D printing. The idea itself is, of course, fascinating. Here is a description of the dome from the MIT Mediated Matter webpage for the project:   The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and […]

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Book Review: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan My Goodreads rating: 4 stars National Book Critics Circle Award Winner PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Pulitzer Prize Winner 2011 One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR’s On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, […]

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Fiction: The Almost Was

Saltwater lapped gently against the hull of the little sixteen foot Almost Was, and it rocked like a baby by its mother. It was the only sound besides Ray’s heavy breathing and Ed’s clomp clomping around the boat pointlessly. John sat quietly, trying to ignore the breathing and clomping, focusing on the calming sounds of […]

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Fiction: The Rattlers of Blackwell, OK

Wayland Delray rocked his 1984 Dodge Ram over the tongue of the Comfort Inn parking lot, one hand palming the steering wheel in big, round circles. He tucked it in between two other trucks; one a Ram and the other some foreign-made piece of crap. He grabbed his duffel from the space behind his driver’s […]

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Book Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others by Jo Walton My Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel “Among Others” is a coming-of-age story written in the style of a young girl’s journal. It has taken me several months to decide how I […]

“The Watcher” Takes Spot in First-Honorable Mentions

“The Watcher,” a flash-fiction horror story I entered into the Readers’ Realm Scary Flash Fiction contest last month, took a spot in the First-Honorable Mentions. Of the piece, the judges said “The writing itself was elegant.” Be sure to read “The Watcher,” and all of the other great entries over at Readers’ Realm.

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Essay: Colon End Parenthesis

The Evolution of Punctuation in Western Civilization Punctuation: An Ever Evolving Form of Communication The word “punctuation” comes from the Latin punctus, meaning “point.” Indeed, punctuation marks were originally called “points” (Partridge 3). Therefore, “punctuation” means “the use of points” (Reimer par 2). Malcolm Beckwith Parkes wrote in his authoritative work Pause and Effect that “punctuation […]

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