Is this a post about storytelling? Yes. No. When we read, we get immersed in the story. The character is our avatar. We are the character. But where do we get these experiences? How can we, the writers, know enough about life to put it down in such a way that another person who is … Continue reading Avatar

I Shall Return

Now, who said that? Whatever and however, I shall return sometime in May. I didn't run away ... well, not too far away, so I'll be back on the boards in the fifth month.

The Final AI

A short, short story: Four, now, or five? I can’t remember. Someone in the on-line forum said this is number five, but I’m only up to three. It’s important, I know it is. And I’ll do it. I will. Some things take time to consider, research, and seek advice before plunging in. I wouldn’t buy … Continue reading The Final AI

#FPQ205 – Fandango’s Provocative Question

And what is the question? This: Are you planning to formally and officially register for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, pick a theme, and participate? Why or why not? Or, are you planning to informally and unofficially participate in this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge on an ad hoc basis? Or, are you going to skip … Continue reading #FPQ205 – Fandango’s Provocative Question


You're writing your autobiography. What's your opening sentence? I'm writing my autobiography, it seems, and someone wonders what the opening sentence would be? That's not an easy answer, because the opening sentence is always the last part of the work. Most writers know this because it's only when you get to the end that you … Continue reading Perception

And now I’m Banning Words …

I’ll second the call to ban this word (out of context)!

Sissy Dunn - Author

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

What word would it be? I can think of many, but in the last few years the word that annoys me most is ‘impact’. Everything ‘impacts’. In most cases, the word used should be affect, but because the person saying whatever it is they’re saying (this is usually the news) they use impact for everything.

Impact, in meaning, is about ‘force’, not how someone or something is affected.

The floods – how many people were ‘impacted’? No. How many people were affected? Which means, how many people did this have an effect on, or make a difference to? Nothing to do with force.

So, rant over. Next week, I’ll go back to doing a short story. Promise.

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