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Archives for February 2009
The Villain Diaries: How to Commit A Perfect Crime
by Jane Rutherford • 6 comments
So you want to commit a perfect crime. Good for you. I’m all for helping the helpless. Take a notebook, a pen, and pay attention, because I’m going to say it only once. Perfect crimes requires planni...
by Brandon Nolta • 7 comments
Among the other hats I wear, I work as a computer tech supporting the English department at the local university. I bring this up because last week, I was working on rebuilding a computer after the us...
Passing The Torch
by Brandon Nolta • 11 comments
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." — M...
Outlines, And How I Write Without Them
by Jane Rutherford • 14 comments
I’m sure everyone here has at least heard about outlines. They're those weird creatures that were designed to help writers create wonderful, consistent plots. I’m also pretty sure at least some of you...
Challenges, Contests And Writing Olympics: Why Do We Participate?
by Jane Rutherford • 13 comments
I’m a very active member of the Livejournal writing community. People there are very creative, intelligent, funny and sometimes slightly disturbing. As you can see, they're very much like you guys. Th...
Stories With A Beat
by Brandon Nolta • 3 comments
So far, the various posts that have been appearing in this space have talked about various aspects of writing and suggestions on how to improve one’s work. After a while, though, you want to start loo...
Antiheroes: When Good vs. Evil Isn't Enough
by Jane Rutherford • 10 comments
In the eternal fight of good vs. evil, the rules are simple and well-known. Evil Forces of Darkness want to take over the world, bring total annihilation, destroy humanity, enslave everybody, murder...
What You Bring To The Table
by Brandon Nolta • 6 comments
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A professor comes into a classroom one day preparing to teach an undergraduate class on religious poetry. A list of names of professional linguists is on the c...
Happy Birthday To Us!
by Alex Cabal • 9 comments
One year ago today, someone flipped a big switch deep in the bowels of a cavernous datacenter, a steady hum of electricity could be heard, and Scribophile came to life! We've been surprised at how qu...