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About davidbdale

Inventor of and sole practitioner of 299-word Very Short Novels. www.davidbdale.wordpress.com

Our LTE on Booing the President

Two Letters Have Already Been Published By the time I returned home from class on TUE OCT 29, two Letters to the Editor had already been published beneath the “Trump Got Booed” Op-Ed. I went ahead and completed one for … Continue reading

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Better Left Unsaid: SOLUTIONS

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Hey, Class. I forgot to tell you in class this morning that I have reviewed all your “Better Left Unsaid” posts, selected the best answers from the dozens of responses, and added my own recommendations. They will permanently reside as … Continue reading

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Things Better Left Unsaid WORDINESS AND SYNTAX TROUBLE or: Difficult Things You Never Have to Say English is complicated enough without writers getting in our own way. Often we take a perfectly straightforward idea and, to make it sound academic, or because … Continue reading

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Feedback Loop Closing

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Feedback Please

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Feedback, please. I’ve created a new category for your posts. To increase my responsiveness to your need for feedback, do two things. Leave a Reply to your own work detailing the sort of feedback you seek. For example, do you … Continue reading

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Beagle Riddle

A shopkeeper says she has two new beagle puppies to offer you, but she doesn’t know whether they’re male, female, or a pair because they’re still at the kennel where they were whelped. You tell her that you want a male, … Continue reading

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Casting Call

Your Favorite Professor (that’s me, in case you’re wondering) is self-producing his 10-minute play “Marks and Lennon” as part of an afternoon of short plays for the Philadelphia Free Fringe festival on SAT SEP 21 and SUN SEP 22. I … Continue reading

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