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Michael Selden

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I am a reader and a writer, although I was also a research physicist for about 30 years—believe it or not writing and imagination are almost as important in physics as is an understanding of how the world works, and mathematics.

I've read so many many books I can't possibly remember them all, and I don't really try. I've put a few on my list here, but I had a habit of going on reading binges where I read a book a day. In 2009, for example, I read 220 Young Adult books, most were written by female authors and had a strong female protagonist. I was preparing to write a YA book with a teenage young woman as its main character (The Balance), and I wanted to saturate my brain with how a woman might write the part. I was also conducting flight tes
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Michael Selden There are two things you need to do: Read, Write. It's the only way you get better, and expect that you'll be better in the future. Reading is almost…moreThere are two things you need to do: Read, Write. It's the only way you get better, and expect that you'll be better in the future. Reading is almost as good as writing, especially if you look at a work as a writer, trying to see how the other authors handled things(less)
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I used to think of the characters Ayn Rand created in her books as exaggerated caricatures of real people, and the way they behaved, not examples of literal behavior and thinking. But over time I’ve come to understand that she was simply making a documentary-like statement about the kinds of behaviors and thinking she’d witnessed as a young person, growing up as the hard left took over her coun...

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Michael Selden My reading pace slowed tis past month, between entertaining guests, building and stocking a greenhouse,a and a myriad of other physical activities I've been mostly falling asleep from exhaustion before reading for a while

Still reading The Calling (Louise White), close to finishing and will report. I also added Wonder (R.J. Palacio) and The Devil's Backbone (written by James Babb, a fellow winner of an IPPY award for juvenile fiction). Also added some non-fiction, but I won't expound on this since Fiction Rules.


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