The Meaning of Life

Jer of various places asks, “What is the meaning of life?”

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Believability and the Reader’s Representative

(cross-posted from wordsfromtheherd.com) I’m at 4th Street Fantasy Convention this weekend. In a panel last night, there was a discussion about suspension of disbelief. One technique mentioned (by Scott Lynch) was “lampshading,” in which the author, knowing that they’re taking extreme liberties with the laws of physics, or medicine, or whatever, has a character point …

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Where to find time travelers

Glazed donut

Secret Undisclosed Person of Minneapolis, MN asks: Where can I find me some time travelers?

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Bioluminescent Reindeer and the Value of Diversity

Gerry Bartholomew writes: Is it just me, or was Santa kind of a shit to Rudolph?

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Resetting the #$%@!!* Honeywell Gas Valve on a Water Heater

Frankenvalve!

There’s no way to reset the evil Honeywell gas valve after it detects overheating. You need a new gas valve. But you CAN save hundred of dollars by switching just the fronts of the two valves, containing the circuit board that remembers the failure, rather than getting a plumber to replace the entire valve.

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Becoming a Quantum Mechanic

Tyler Tork, Quantum Mechanic

Dear Tyler (writes Woody Desmond of No Particular Place): I saw from your FB that you have become a Quantum Mechanic. Is much training needed for this? I’m interested in a career change esp. if there’s money in it. Woody, The field of Quantum Mechanics is new, and pretty wide open at the moment. All …

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Free ebook by Margaret Taylor

My friend Margaret Taylor has a new longish short story out in electronic form on Amazon. John of the Rhine will be offered free on October 7-11, 2013, as part of the KDP Select program. Check it out! If you like it, other works by the same author are Grizelda and The Confederacy of Heaven.

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The Squirrel Alarm

Dear Tyler, (writes Ferdy Johns of Ely MN) I’m not an early riser by inclination, but the last few mornings, I’ve been awakened by a tiny red squirrel who shows up at sunrise to throw pine-cones onto my roof. I’m far enough out in the country that nobody would be bothered if I just shot …

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Making up new words

Corinth Terwilliger, of St. Paul MN, writes: Is it OK to make up new words?

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Trademarking the Past

Conrad Zero, Dark Fiction Author from Minneapolis, MN, asks: I’ve been working on a novel for years now (at least 2) and it’s almost finished. In my novel, the protagonist dies. but my story does not end there! She goes to what I call the “spirit world” and she must fight her way back into …

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