Author Archives: Kevin Pajak

About Kevin Pajak

Of the many, many things I have done, nothing compares to the excitement I feel when writing and playing with both language and theory. Although challenging at times, wordplay brings a special flavor to the universe and allows all of us to see in unique and magic ways. Playing with language--that beast that can never be tamed--gives me an unfettered, ever new vision of the world around. I want to share this love of the written word through the stories I write and the language I craft.

Art Meets Motion

I love travel writers.  They move and flow around places while giving glimpses of them to us in their writings so as to fill our minds with images, smells, activity, events, etc..  These little birds of flight peer into the … Continue reading

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Dialogue Tags

What is the function of dialogue tags?  It seems of late there is a trend in writing to drop dialogue tags, or at least the dreaded “said.”  In part, I agree that tags have been overused. The story and the … Continue reading

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The Potentialities of Distance

Part I – Critique of Pure Judegement What is critical distance and what is its function?  Critical distance is a mental and emotional aspect that gives one just enough distance so that an object can be seen truly.  This state … Continue reading

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The Interview: Its Function and Dangers

Nothing speaks of success like the good old fashioned interview.  The author worked hard on his piece of writing.  It was accepted and published.  He began the rounds.  Book tour, here I come, he thinks.  These are the exciting times.  … Continue reading

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Interface

Recently, I had a discussion with an author about a particular facet of writing that a lot of us dread, the book signing event.  He resisted the whole pomp and circumstance involved, including the arduous tasks travel and setting up … Continue reading

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The Ingenious John Banvard

This is a wonderful tale full of imagery and imagination.  A must read for any young adult.  It is a timeless classic about the Mississippi River.  This is a true tale about a real artist’s struggles. Join the artist as … Continue reading

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Weeding the Garden Analogus to Editing

I have been weeding the garden all day today.  This is a chore that I usually put off until my backyard looks like a jungle.  With gloves in hand, I grabbed my cup and thermos and opened the door to … Continue reading

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What Readers Want

I just ran across a post from Michael J. Martinez [Link] that discusses the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.  This lead me to Hugh Howey’s post [Link].  Mr. Howey’s post caused me to write this post.  However, … Continue reading

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On My Way to Notoriety

“What are fame and popularity?  How do I reach Notoriety?” I asked myself.  No one responded.  What did I expect?  Here was I standing on an unused, overgrown dirt road with only myself to discuss such matters.  I stood in … Continue reading

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