Monthly Archives: May 2014

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF REDSHIRTS

By now I’m sure everyone is familiar with the concept of the “redshirt”—these were the often un-named characters, played by guest actors you’d never seen before, who beamed down to an alien planet with Captain Kirk and were never seen … Continue reading

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PRECISELY WHAT NOT TO DO

I am a Trekkie. I’m not the slightest bit embarrassed about that. Star Trek in all its many incarnations is awesome. I love it, and I have loved it as long as I can remember. Though I have never been … Continue reading

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR (YOU)

Admit it, you’ve struggled over writing your bio. I know you have. We all have. But there’s hope, believe me. A short, one-paragraph bio is something every author needs, but there’s no one right way to do it, no “must … Continue reading

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CHEKHOV’S GUN AND THE MENTAL INVENTORY

Attributed to the Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, from somewhere around the last decade or so of the ninetieth century, “Chekhov’s Gun” has been commonly translated as: If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the … Continue reading

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