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Cortiian Word of the Week: harena

Cortiian Word of the Week: harena

Officially, the hareni don’t exist. The only criteria for becoming a harena is knowing the wrong people, and remaining a harena depends on survival ability.

Author on vacation

Author on vacation

An author on vacation is a tricky beast, because at any given point, they’re likely to be mentally elsewhere. Icelandic scenery is a good antidote.

What they don’t tell you about biometrics

What they don’t tell you about biometrics

I’m a firm believer in the first rule of biometrics: never use a part for identification you can’t do without. There are times when ‘lend a hand’ isn’t only a euphemism.

Ancestry of an author

Ancestry of an author

Ancestry of an author: I shook my family tree, and a whole bunch of nuts fell out. Now I’m curious to see what other skeletons there may be in the closet.

Etymology Excavation: strong suit

Etymology Excavation: strong suit

'Strong suit' is a phrase meaning a strength, something you are good at. You can easily substitute 'strong point' or 'forte'. A common mis-spelling is 'strong suite', which may have its roots in common terms like 'Microsoft suite'. It is nonetheless...

Mary Jane, gateway to the galaxy

Mary Jane, gateway to the galaxy

When a malfunctioning gateway drive spits you out at the wrong end of a galaxy, where better to go for a gateway drug than British Columbia?

True Lies: Fact and fiction

True Lies: Fact and fiction

True Lies: Assumptions are fun to play with. I’m going to tell you two absolutely true stories. They’re probably going to give you two absolutely different impressions.

How do I get started writing?

How do I get started writing?

How do I get started writing? Write whatever way blows your skirt up. There is no set of commandments. The only restrictions are your imagination and your writing ability.

Self-editing for dummies, or how to not annoy your readers

Self-editing for dummies, or how to not annoy your readers

Self-editing: is it as good as a professional edit? Probably not. But at least you can minimise the chance that someone’s going to use your precious manuscript for toilet paper because the typos, homophones, and other easily-avoidable technical eff-ups are making their brains hurt.

Background to Mama Gale

Background to Mama Gale

The inspiration for Mama Gale: Believe it or not, my godmother by courtesy was a lady named Cyralene Gale, and she ran the Bequia Bookshop until sometime in the early 1990s.

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