Let’s not forget that writing things continue to happen. For instance, my fellow Codexian Cat Rambo, in her incarnation as editor of Fantasy Magazine, has (very nicely) rejected "What happened while Don was watching the game". This was close but not quite right for us. Send something else? The answer, obviously, is Yes. Now all…

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One of the joys of working as a trainer at Capgemini Academy is the frequency with which I’m expected to be on the receiving end of their courses. Just tonight I completed their ‘Vision and Didactic skills’ course, one of their requirements for Certified Trainer status and a rich source of theoretical knowledge (Behaviorism, Kolb,…

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Interviewed in this week’s VARA TV Guide, renowned negotiator Alistair Crooke illustrates the principle of give and take in negotiations by quoting a remark a Hamas leader made to him: The Americans demand that we cease all violent action, turn in our weapons, and recognize the State of Israel, before they will enter into negotiations…

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On its way to Leiden Lammenschans station, the slow train to Alphen passes a crossing. It’s a fairly unappealing place, where the ugly housing developments of northern Leiden crowd up to an uninspired business district and an empty lot. At first, therefore, it was hard to explain the rush of satisfaction I felt when I…

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It is a well-known fact that truth is stranger than fiction, but to paraphrase George Orwell, some truths are more strange than others. For instance, there is a man in Paris who has written 86,000 books. Assuming extreme precociousness, and assuming he is around 45 at this time, that number amounts to about 8 books…

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Writing is, almost by definition, a lonely occupation.* Fortunately, that doesn’t stop “us writers” from flocking together at the least provocation. Be it a signing, or a Con, or a workshop; any excuse is good enough to get together and act geeky. The latest occurance of this flocking behaviour was the second Villa Diodati Writers’…

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Not bad. Six submissions on Thursday, two rejections over the weekend. Late Thursday night, Podcastle rejected Conversation with a mechanical horse. No big surprise there.* And on Sunday, nancyfulda over at Baen’s Universe decided to pass on What happened while Don was watching the game. No big surprise there, either, and she writes the nicest…

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One of the countless upsides of having been through the wonderful second Villa Diodati Writer’s Workshop is another bout of writing motivation. So this morning I submitted: What happened while Don was watching the game, recently rejected by The Town Drunk, to Baen’s Universe, where fellow workshopper Nancy Fulda will have a chance to R-and-R…

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