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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Names by Decade

A cool little writers’ resource can be found at You can search for popular baby names by decade, birth year, and (to a smaller extent) state, meaning that you can get a list of suitable character names based on when and where your character was born. Useful!

It’s Not About The Book #1: Morocco Pics

I’ve posted the best of our Morocco pictures on Flickr. You can click the “Slideshow” icon in the upper right to view it as a slideshow.

Book Recommendation: The Last Lecture

When I was home recently, Matt gave me a copy of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. I devoured it over the weekend. If you haven’t already heard the story, it goes like this: Carnegie Mellon has a lecture series of long standing called “The Last Lecture,” in which it invites faculty [...]

Bring on the Pain

In my past two entries I’ve talked about how virtues and flaws make fictional characters lovable. But there’s another factor, one entirely separate from character, that engages the reader’s emotions and makes her care about your story people. I’m talking about pain. Well, pain, and a few other emotional situations that amp up the stakes [...]