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Navigating by Flashlight

Writing a novel is like navigating cross-country at night with just a flashlight." I have found it so. Observations on the craft of writing


Aug
20
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How I do this

The following is an interview with a locum tenens company. I "fill the place" for other docs.It gives me the freedom to do medical missions and the opportunity to write:

https://jacksoncoker.com/physicians/locum-tenens/locum-tenens-medical-missions/

Podcast

https://reachmd.com/programs/your-career-in-healthcare/off-call-locum-tenens-docs-career-pursuits-in-outside-medicine/8490/


Jul
26
Boll Weevils, Generic fiction and the Final Edit

I just got through the final editing of the second book. This involved the Great Semi Crusade, the rewrite of “Jesse and the Meteors” and a few minor fixes in continuity. Against my vociferous objections, I was required to add a raft load of semicolons from the first editor. I dismantled sentences to avoid using them, and, truth be told, gave in a lot. This final editor asked me to remove all the semis I inserted and replace them with good plebian commas. I readily accepted the challenge, reducing the semi-load to about average for US lit as far as Ngram is concerned. I feel clean again.

The Sub-chapter, “Jesse and the Meteors,” started off at 2300 words in the chapter “The Deal.” In contrast to my fir...


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