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Game of Thrones Theories: Clues and Foreshadowing II

The first episode of Season Eight of HBO’s Game of Thrones television series is now just 12 days away. For those who are gearing up for the final season by reading up on theories about how it might end, I have a few. This is a continuation of last week’s list of guesses as to how the series will end based on clues from the books (and series). (In this post I assume that you have seen the TV series and therefore forgo a lot of explanation.)

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Game of Thrones Theories: Visions and Dreams

In the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, popularly known as Game of Thrones, dreams and visions have import. They can be significant, and they have and may still predict future events, although characters have sometimes dismissed the dreams or misinterpreted visions. Following are excerpts (without commentary) from the five published books that may give clues as to what will happen in the final season of the HBO series, which premiers on April 14.

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SECRETS TO WRITING BETTER – PART III

As kids, we’ve all learned a few words incorrectly because we never heard them said aloud. What were yours? A couple of mine were “fiery,” which for years I mentally pronounced “feery” instead of “fire-ee.” Then there was pico de gallo, which I happily intoned (in my head) as “peekoh duh gallow.” (Obviously, I was not a bilingual kid.)

Another example of those kinds of mistakes happened when my son was three and, walking down the street, he said in his cheery little voice, “Don’t step in the poop dog!” (Hey, it was cute at the time.) And one day you might ask me why I thought Christmas was on December 24 until I was 13.

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SECRETS TO WRITING BETTER – PART II

(a.k.a. How to Prevent Writer’s Block)


Pssst! Last week, I talked about how there are no real secrets to writing well, but there are tools and processes that you can follow to make you better at it. I shared some of the tools I use as I edit and write and promised that this week I would give up my secrets about the specific processes I use when I’m writing.

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Secrets to Writing Better – Part I

The true secret about writing better is that there really are no secrets. There are just writers who are willing to pass along what works for them. Do a search on Amazon for “writing tips,” for example, and you’ll see more than 20,000 options for books that can teach you how to be a better writer. In other words, anything that used to be top secret about how to write, well, that cat escaped from the proverbial bag long ago.

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