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Jerry Pournelle

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Someone who had a big influence on my life has passed away. “The Mote in God’s Eye.” Star Wars was in theaters, and everyone was enthralled. The science fiction community tried to fit in with Luke, Han, and the rest, often in vain. Every science fiction commentator had their own list of, […]

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Tags: Communication · Computing · Systems · Teaching · Writing

Back to Basics: What to Write About

September 11th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Can’t think of anything to write about? Back to freshman English. It was one of the first classes I took in college. I took it the summer after high school graduation. It was a writing class, I guess it was called English Composition or something. We had a great teacher for this […]

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Tags: Writing

How did You Write that Book?

July 20th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The basic steps I have used to writing a professional, non-fiction book and having it published. I have written about half-a-dozen professional non-fiction books. The counting is a bit fuzzy when you include a second edition or two here and there. These were published by the IEEE and other publishers of such […]

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Tags: Work · Writing

The Best Writing Often Comes at a Simple Writing Event

June 29th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some of the best-written pieces were done “on the spur of the moment” at a writing event. That includes week-long events and one-hour events. The summary above is true in my experience. I have read pieces written in five-minute exercises, “Okay, everyone write. I will ring the bell in five minutes or […]

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Tags: Risk · Trust · Writing

We are Requesting…

May 29th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Yet another group of needless words and the search for the actual verb. I recently read something and felt my skin crawl at the same time. Something was amiss. Sigh, go back, read it again. We are requesting that you give blah blah blah. Okay, what’s wrong? This is another version of […]

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Tags: Brevity · Clarity · Writing

Writing and Googling

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Writers (and everyone else): use the research resources that are available. And extend them. Mark this one under the non-existent tag of #a-writing-basic-that-I-feel-compelled-to-write-about-just-for-the-record or something like that. Writers: Google stuff before you write. Google stuff while you are writing. Google stuff after you have finished writing. This is not a paid commercial […]

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Tags: Research · Work · Writing

Analog Had Its Advantages

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Somteimes I miss the analog days. They covered a lot of my mistakes. Handwritten notes let me fudge and smudge and avoid mistakes—like spelling. I could smudge the “i” and the “e” together and put the dot of the “i” somewhere in the middle, and no one could tell that I didn’t […]

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Tags: Knowledge · Learning · Technology · Work · Writing

Fear of Writing?

January 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I write all the time. I am not afraid to write. One reason is that no one ever told me that I should be afraid to write. Please don’t ever tell anyone they should be afraid. I write. I write everyday. This is the third or fourth piece of writing I am […]

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Tags: Writing

The $80 Writing Computer

December 26th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A new edition of the cheapest computer in the store finds a small tablet and keyboard for $80. Slow, but sufficient. Want to write a book? Can’t afford a MacBook Pro or Surface Pro or someone-else’s-pro? Here is a writing system for $80. It comprises an Amazon Fire 7″ $50 tablet and […]

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Tags: Technology · Writing

Copyright 0.2—Protecting Your Writing Samples

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Companies will often request a writing sample from potential writer hires. Without adequate notice, the companies have a license to steal. I am writing a few posts about copyright. I am compelled to do so by recent interviews with employers who seem ignorant of copyright basics. There is much good information on […]

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Tags: Copyright · Work · Writing