scrihb-tote-um (Noun): A portmanteau combining the words “scribe” (writer) and “totum” (roughly Latin for “the whole thing”). Borrowed / adapted from the word “factotum” (one who does all kinds of work) to mean “one who writes on a variety of subjects.”
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Thank You, Ray
June 6, 2012: Ray Bradbury was a more profound influence in my life than either of the men I could call "father." Today, after more than ninety one years on the planet (seventy eight of them spent at the age of thirteen), my story-father has died.
Six Essentials For Fiction Writers
May 24, 2012: How well are you addressing the six essentials for fiction writers?
Star Wars Fan Linkbait
March 12, 2012: Explaining the "Star Wars" films as an exercise in long-form storyworld construction... and really, just to mess with fans.
Five Lessons For Writers From Words With Friends
February 11, 2012: It makes sense a word game would have some hidden lessons for writers. Here are the top five.
Social Networking: You’re Doing It Wrong, Part The Nth
November 30, 2011: Three great ways to kill the "social" in "social networking."
Did You Know What Happened To The Creator of Cloak and Dagger?
November 12, 2011: When I was a kid in the seventies and eighties, I loved comics. For a while there, I was buying three dozen books every two weeks. Many of them were Marvel comics, and of those, many of those Marvel comics were written by Bill Mantlo. It's not an exaggeration to say I've read hundreds of…
Twilight at Borders
January 22, 2011: Thinking about the demise of Borders book stores and what might arise in their absence.
Does Social Media Make You More Social?
January 19, 2010: I know this isn't a new subject, but I've been thinking about it lately. Social media and social networks like Twitter, Facebook and the like are great for keeping in touch at a distance, bringing people together for causes and crises, and maintaining a kind of loose thread between friends and acquaintances. I'm wondering if…
One More Ticket for The Fabulous Riverboat
February 25, 2009: An appreciation of Philip Jose Farmer, master of interconnected storyworlds and pulp adventure, and an influence I don't recognize often enough.
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