Author Archives: achouston

Gates


The word gate is a good old English word, the form being geat in Old English (plural geatu) and whose meaning was ‘an opening or entrance’.  A watergate (from the 15th century) is a channel for water; the first element … Continue reading

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Word Lust


Today’s Wall Street Journal reports on a database of language usage that is now available to researchers. It is derived from the digital library of the world’s books that Google has been assembling in recent years. Thus far, two billion … Continue reading

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Impressions: Generosity (An Enhancement) by Richard Powers


Generosity is the latest novel (2009) from the award-winning American author Richard Powers, and the first work of his that I have read.  I wanted to explore his writing because I had read that his novels address the attributes and … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo -> AnNoWriMo


NaNoWriMo is officially over. Congratulations to all those who completed 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days! I cannot include myself among them. To date I’ve managed about 15,000 words for the first draft of Vamp. Many surprises (not … Continue reading

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VAMP: 6 The New Hire


Zaira just makes the 7:25 a.m. commuter train at the Salem station. She’d arrived home from New York only hours earlier to find Sandor at the computer in the library, engrossed in the details of Python. The lad needed a … Continue reading

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VAMP: 5 Structuring the Deal


“Promise me you will drink some of Cousin Ambrus’ bottles while I’m away? Don’t worry that it’s the last case, he’s promised to send more.” Zaira looks across her living room at Sandor, who is scrunched into her elegant red … Continue reading

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VAMP: 4 Sandor’s Arrival


Sam stands impatiently at the fax machine, waiting for the last page to come through. She’s already scanned the first page and it looks compelling, Dean is savvy and he’s probably going to accept it. But these investors want thirty … Continue reading

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VAMP: 3 Family Ties


Joska manages a bow and he and Zaira exchange a brief greeting in the ancient tongue. “Come in at once, cousin!” she tells him, switching back to English, her adopted language of the past century and a half. Joska staggers … Continue reading

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VAMP: 2 Reconstituted Red Mimosas


Zaira Farago pushes open the French doors of her spacious bedroom and walks onto the expansive balcony perched high above the cold dark waters that pound the rocks of the New England coastline below. The November wind is blowing from … Continue reading

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VAMP: 1 Roast Beef, Rare


“I think we’re ready for lunch now.” Sam glances up from her computer at the forty-something man she now calls her boss as of two weeks ago. He is an easy study: driven, self-absorbed, humorous only towards a purpose, but … Continue reading

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