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In From Point A to Point B, Writing and Rock Climbing, Part One, my theory that writing and rock climbing are similar was mostly proven. Here, in Part Two, I examine writing and climbing terms that compliment each other. The climbing definition is listed first, followed by the writing definition.  Enjoy, and when you’re done, get back to writing or climbing! Approach  The path to the beginning of a climb. The path to the start of writing a novel. Beta Advice on how to successfully complete a climbing route. Advice on how to make changes to your story. Booty  Gear left behind at a climbing location. What a writer sits on while writing. Bummer  A difficult route. A difficult plot twist or scene. Font  The French grading system for bouldering. A particular typeface and size. Friend A namee brand of a spring-loaded camming device.  Someone who never says no when you ask him to read your work. Grovel  To climb with poor techniqu......

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Starting today, I plan to post each Wednesday morning my “favorite” oxymoronic phrases. An oxymoron is a phrase that conjoins two contradictory words or terms. As a writer, I have a love affair with words, their use and misuse. I find oxymoronic uses amusing although I do recognize their effectiveness as a literary and dramatic tool when intentionally employed for that purpose. My reason for posting my favorite oxymorons here and in subsequent weekly blogs is to call attention to them and, hopefully, to learn from you, my readers, those oxymoronic phrases I haven’t yet come across. I do enjoy knowing them! I also will occasionally post my favorite oxymoronic statements – many of which have been attributed (correctly or not) to former New York Yankees’ catcher Yogi Berra or to Yankees’ manager Casey Stengel. Please comment by posting your own list of oxymoronic phrases or statements. Post them as a Comment or as a New Article on my web page at:  http://www.stevenmroth.com/blog. Here is my initial list of phrases: Exact estimate Deafening silence Clearly confused Act naturally Same difference Here is my favorite oxymoronic statement: “When in life you come to a fork in the road, take it.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ...

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            I started writing when I was eight years old. I first began indoor rock climbing when I was in my twenties. Loving the indoor wall, I decided to try it outdoors. While in Maine, I went to Acadia National Park, hired a guide and set off to expand my love of climbing. Except, it didn’t turn out that way. I was petrified outside and, as a result, I hung up my climbing shoes and carabineers and didn’t climb again until about eight months ago. It didn’t escape me that during a different period of my life, I had also stopped writing due to fear.             Now, I’m tackling 5.9s and 5.10s indoors, writing like crazy and noticing the similarities between writing and climbing. Sure, one is sedentary and solitary while the other requires physical fortitude and a partner. But they both begin with a blank canvas, determination and trusting those who have gone before. &nb......

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The best predictor of our future behavior is our past action. ...

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I wrote my first book when I was eight years old. It was a book about the weather and it was called, of course, The Book of Weather. I took construction paper and drew the sun and wind and clouds, wrote about lightning and thunder and fastened the pages between two pieces of cardboard taken from my father’s new button-down work shirts. I covered the cardboard with green and yellow wallpaper that had bright and bubbly orange flowers dancing along it. The wallpaper had been left over from decorating our 1970’s Long Island kitchen. I was pleased with my book but nothing made me prouder than when the librarian placed it in my elementary school library. I visited it every day. I don’t recall anyone checking out my book, or if it was given its own listing in the card catalogue or even a Dewey decimal number, but I didn’t care. There it was on the shelves. My book. I was a writer. And a writer I was determined to be until the day came when practicality usurped my ......

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I have never met Michelangelo. I have never had a conversation with him nor heard his voice. I have learned about his life from his artwork, his poetry and his letters. Yet I feel I know him better than many of my closest friends. As a writer, I yearn for creative talent to equal his. As a student of the Italian renaissance, I am fascinated by one of its geniuses. From a spiritual perspective, there is a deep connection between Michelangelo & me. Why? When I look at David, his famous sculpture, I feel powerful. When I see his Pieta, the sculpture of Mary mourning the loss of her son, I know unconditional love. And when I look at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, his magnificent portrayal of life’s creation, I am certain his gift of creativity comes from a higher power. And therein lies the origin of my obsession. He is not of this earth. There is no equal to his creative prowess. That he continues to touch others and me after 500 years is nothing short of amazing. Alt......

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I am the author of five novels and am writing this post to examine one year selling my books on Amazon to see what I did right and what I did wrong in my quest to build a fan base, and to help other independent authors. To begin my unofficial scientific experiment, I have donned a lab coat and a Sherlock Holmes’ cap, test tubes are brimming over with white, dense bubbles in my laboratory, and I have formulated the following question: As a self-published author, how is it best to utilize Amazon to sell/giveaway the most e-books possible? In doing my background research and constructing my hypothesis, I am considering the following: 1.   My published e-books, including the genre, number of Amazon reviews and overall ratings. 2.   My e-book sales from May 1, 2013 until May 31, 2014, as well as refunded e-books, free promotions, the prices of my e-books, royalties received, the Kindle Match (KM) program (which began January 1, 2014 and where if readers buy the pa......

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John Finkbiner (@bamafanWH) just sent me a recent New York Times article on Verbizing (or, verbing as the Times calls it). It is worth reading. Find it at: nyti.ms/XByB6o. Steve ...

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I’m a voracious reader. I usually have three or four books going at one time — sometimes even more —and dip into each most nights when I settle down to read, taking on a chapter or two from each for that evening, but then settling into one that will be my last book for the night, and reading it for however much time I have until I go to sleep. Although I write mystery novels, I don’t limit my reading to this genre. I need balance in my reading diet. Specifically, I need variety. So on any given night I might be found reading a chapter in a mystery or other crime novel, a chapter of history, a chapter of biography, a collection of poetry, a literary novel, or a volume of essays. The variety keeps my reading fresh and lively for me, challenges my brain by requiring differing thought processes, and, in general, informs the content and quality of my own writing. ...

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It never fails to amaze me what wondrous written works can be (and have been) created in the English language using only 26 letters that we arrange and rearrange into an unlimited number of words. Together with a handful of punctuation marks, some structure (such as paragraphs, scenes, and dialogue) and the judicious use of white space, a skilled writer, using the raw tools of 26 letters available to all of us, can convey the wonders of story and exposition. ...

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