Browsing Archive: January, 2015

Godspeed...

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Wednesday, January 28, 2015,
Just a quick post in tribute to today's place in history.

29 years ago today, the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded upon liftoff. I remember the day fairly well: my usually subdued father was visibly distraught and my history teacher cried openly during class.

Reagan's Challenger Speech

If you are not moved by this man's words, you have no soul.
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If I Were a Rich Amazon...

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Tuesday, January 27, 2015,
I live a pleasant life, but rest assured when my time comes, I'll be able to jump through that needle-eye like a chihuahua through Saturn's rings. And that's okay. It has to be to be a writer.

Do writers ever make it big? Sure they do. Are writers ever wealthy? Sure they are. But you shouldn't write because you want to get rich or be on Jimmy Fallon with ScarJo on your arm. You should write because you like to tell stories, money be damned. The truth is, most everyone who puts finger to keyboa...
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Wordsmithing Basics 2: Poaching Eggs With a Doofus and a Man You Should Know (But Probably Don't)

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Wednesday, January 21, 2015,
I'm the kind of guy who reflexively bucks old-fashioned convention and tries to do things the hard way, partly because I'm stupid and partly because I am afraid of becoming rigid and growing blind to insights and alternatives. But sometimes, I discover the old-fashioned convention is indeed best.

Take poaching eggs for example. I could go buy some super-duper Eggomatic 5000 non-stick poach pan for $30 or I could just plop some eggs right into a swirling pot of boiling water with a spoonful of ...
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Wordsmithing Basics 1: Doing Research and Why My Wife Hates Me

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Tuesday, January 13, 2015,
All writers, from Stephen King to the lowliest indie on Amazon (who is still probably two steps above me), will tell you one of the first good habits to get into is to do copious research on whatever you're writing about. How that research is done is up to the individual, so I can only give you insight based upon my own preferences. Let's just pretend I'm offering you a big box of chocolates and you can take your pick. Hopefully, you get something delectable and not a taste sensation akin to ...
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We Have Ignition...

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Monday, January 5, 2015,
Greetings readers! This entry marks my inauguration into the word of blogging, and boy, am I suddenly conscious of the fact that my life is a big meaty pile of boring. But that's okay, because I'll bet most everyone of you think your life's boring, so we're all in good company.

In all honesty, I've thought about what to write for about a month now, in between wrapping Christmas presents and ticking off items from my Watermelon List (that's like a Honey-do List, but so much bigger). I have a ...
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