You know, if I’m ever in Scottsdale, Arizona, I think I need to eat at Amy’s Baking Company.
You know, if I can get there before the IRS shuts it down for being a massive money laundering operation.
I don’t understand how we got to the point where we define an author’s ability based off the obscurity of their text. I understand using “said” every time someone speaks can be a little repetitive, but why let a verb decide the emotion instead of the dialogue?
Grand allusions can be enjoyable, but don’t they lose their appeal when that’s all you speak in? If reality is your subject, don’t stray from it. Yes, your characters may be lovers, but odds are they’re not experiencing a physical melding that connects them mentally and spiritually and forever changes their perceptions of each other. They’re just fucking. Your characters aren’t ashamed of it (well at least I hope not), so why should you be? Don’t hide the realness of your work behind clumsy wordplay.
Literature isn’t about flexing your extensive vocabulary skills or in-depth trivial knowledge. There are cocktail parties for that. You’re supposed to be creating a story that the reader can enter and make their own.
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That is only 12 out of 50 states to do so. That’s not a winning percentage.
This battle for civil rights is far from over. Let’s not celebrate too much yet.