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In the Last Days of Penmanship
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 April 2010
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My penmanship may not be completely lost, but it is sinking. The first casualty of the Internet Age may be privacy, but handwriting is a strong second.

Write Back Soon: In Praise of Pen Pals
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 April 2010
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The serious pen pal had an arsenal of materials at her disposal, the most basic of which was an ingenious item known as the aerogram. Sadly, it’s now extinct.

Five Strategies for Increasing Your Creativity
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Posted in One Million Watts on 22 March 2010
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When people find out I work at Archie McPhee, it often prompts the question, “How do you get your ideas?” Here are a few of our strategies that you might be able to apply to your own projects.

Monkey Goggles: An Owner’s Manual
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Posted in One Million Watts on 4 February 2010
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The time is ripe to explain a bit about this blog — where it came from, what it’s all about, and how you can don the Goggles your own personal self.

Misadventures in Speculative Fiction
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Posted in One Million Watts on 21 October 2009
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I love stories written in the speculative fiction genre — “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” and so on. In fact, I love the genre so much that for the past few years I’ve labored to resist the temptation to write it.