Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Post From the Desperate Depths of Cram-Town

Hiiiii everybody!

Hi, Dr. Nick!

I have been desperately trying to keep my head above water in school. It’s not that the subject matter is hard, because it’s not. I think the faculty is deliberately vague with the syllabus in order to force the students to exercise our critical thinking and problem solving skills, because none of this crap makes sense.

I created several diagrams and charts, but there are still things popping up willy-nilly like the voles I thought I wiped out months ago but are still devouring my lawn.

And the dog does nothing.

Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh yeah, school. Anyway, I’ve hardly had time to shower (seriously) and spend time with my kids (super seriously), so things are starting to fall by the wayside.

It’s like being in an aerostat with a leaky envelope. You’ve got to start pitching things overboard in order to stay afloat, and boy howdy am I pitching. I’ve got this blog tied onto a string so I don’t accidentally throw it overboard, but I’m too busy trying to decide what to throw that I can’t really write quality posts right now. 😦  So for another installment of Taylor Rants About Verbs, you might have to sit tight for a minute. Or two. Or three… thousand.

TNGtWF 1: Verbs, Part 1, Present Tense

Welcome to the Total Noob’s Guide to Writing Fiction!

Your first lesson will be on verbs.

“Wait a second,” you say. “I know what a stupid verb is. I don’t need to learn about verbs. I want to learn about how to create strong characters and vivid settings!”

Slow down there, skippy.

You must learn to crawl before you can fly, my young pupil. So strap on your helmet and zipper up your big girl pants. It’s about to get real.

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Music Monday: Everybody’s Working For the Weekend

Happy Labor Day!

It’s nice to have a day off work and school; however, we can’t forget the true spirit behind Labor Day’s inception whilst we party.

Er, actually, the point of Labor Day was to celebrate the American worker and to recognize that without their hard work and dedication, this country wouldn’t be as super-de-duper as it is. So thanks, workers! Party on! This one’s for you!