Author Archives: Tim Dodge

Awards, and Why My Insecure Mind Wants Them

          Chuck Wendig has a good take on the annual awards season in which we are now knee-deep: Awards are not infallible. The best book will not always win an award. The best book sometimes won’t … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

I think this is a wonderful story from The Moth. A celebrity reaches out to a stranger and does a very nice thing just when the stranger needs it most. This particular celebrity had a reputation for being a prickly … Continue reading

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Too Many Main Characters?

I have a problem with the novel I’m writing, and I think David Farland put his finger on it in his blog post yesterday: The important thing here is to keep a limit on the number of viewpoint characters. Two … Continue reading

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10 Things I’ve Learned From My Latest D&D Campaign

Photo by Alan Alfaro. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 2.0 license. My game group has been involved in a pretty good campaign for several sessions now. My character is a third-level dwarf barbarian  glory-seeker. Given that … Continue reading

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I Can’t Complain, But Sometimes I Still Do (or, My Pet Peeves)

I realize the big holiday has come and gone for another year, but I say, “Let’s keep the spirit of Festivus alive all year long! Let the airing of grievances commence!” Herewith, some of my pet peeves:

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My 5 Favorite Uses For Evernote

I suspect many of you are like me in that you’ve come to increasingly rely on Evernote. It’s rapidly become one of my favorite apps, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to use it. Some of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the New Year

  I’m sitting in the Starbucks in Liverpool with my son, who is filling out internship applications, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is playing. It’s one of my favorite pieces of music, and it’s good for a writing background. For … Continue reading

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A Blogger’s Lament

It’s been too long since I have made an entry on this site And of great creativity I will not deign to boast For in those stolen moments when jot some thoughts I might, I find myself without ideas for … Continue reading

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P.G. Holyfield

So I’ve been thinking all day about what I could possibly say. I overslept this morning. The alarm went off at 5:30, like it always does, but I decided to rest another five minutes before getting my first cup of … Continue reading

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This is What Life as a Red Sox Fan Does To People

Michaela Murphy told this terrific story on The Moth about growing up in a house full of Red Sox fans and her adventure taking her younger brother to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. I hope you enjoy it as … Continue reading

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