What’s the importance of making story writing a hobby?

My answer is a bit round-about, but stick with me, there's a point at the end. When I first started writing as a career, I found that I ‘wrote out’ a lot of things from my past. Okay, I’ve had an easy, comfortable life but, like with everyone, there were a few things that were …

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10 facts about you that will make you laugh. Guaranteed.

I saw this list of facts on a minion site and laughed myself silly: 1.You are reading this right now. 2.You realize that is a stupid fact. 4. You didn't notice that I skipped three. 5. You're checking now. 6. You're smiling. 7. You're reading this even though it's stupid. 9. You didn't realize I …

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More about black cats. Yep, there’s more.

Black cats are as easily adopted as cats of other colors. Although euthanasia numbers for black cats have been some of the highest of all cats, their total number of adoptions was the highest of any hue as well. There may just simply be more black cats than other colors. Furthermore, the Black Panther movie …

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Another black cat factoid. This one about panthers. Black panthers!

  Let's get the hard stuff over with up front. And that hard thing is:  there is no  such thing as a black panther. What? No black panther? What about the superhero? Well, he's different, of course. He's real. But actual four-pawed black panthers that kind of resemble tigers? Nope. Not real. It’s a term …

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How can I get readers to relate to a non-human character in a story?

 Easy. Give them human characteristics, which is what most, if not all, writers do when describing non-human characters.   I suspect it’s the ONLY way to describe a character because, as humans, we don’t know how to describe anything other than ourselves and, fortunately for writers, that includes a huge range of characters from the …

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How do I write a science fiction short story when I don’t have any ideas on what to write about?

Actually, it’s not as hard as you might think. As a short story writer, I wrote one story a week, which is par for most writers of short fiction. But that means there are times when the creative juices dry up. Sort of. That’s when I learned to look at the menu on the satellite …

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Black Cat Cafe. Really? Yep, really!

And you can visit it. In Nekobiyaka, in Himeji, Japan black cats are stars of one café and visitors are invited to pet (but not pick up) these lithe felines. Each of Nekobiyaka’s identical-looking black cats wears a different colored bandana to resolve any catastrophic mix-ups. But, of course, in Japan, in a way, black …

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Another interesting factoid about black cats. (They are healthy.)

THE GENE THAT CAUSES BLACK FUR MIGHT MAKE THESE FELINES RESISTANT TO DISEASE. The mutation that causes a cat’s fur to be black is in the same genetic family as genes known to give humans resistance to diseases like HIV. So perhaps their color has less to do with camouflage than disease resistance. Scientists hope …

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A black cat can rust. Really? Yes, really!

More about black cats: A black cat’s color is genetic. There are three variants of the black fur gene (solid black, cinnamon and brown. If a cat has a solid black hue that overwhelms other gene colors or stripes, heavy exposure to the sun can make the pigment in its fur break down to reveal …

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Why sailors like cats. (And why I like them, too.)

Cats are sailors' best friends. Have been for hundreds of years. Not only were cats welcome aboard British vessels to hunt mice, but sailors generally thought  a black cat in particular would bring good luck and ensure a safe return home. A few of these kitties have been enshrined in maritime history. Tiddles traveled more than …

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