Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

You’re Welcome

I’ve noticed that the more I’m plugged I to the headlines, the more depressed I feel. The local news station, my Facebook, content aggregators like Flipboard. Reading it all makes one inclined to believe the world is a messed up place. Yet statistically, we live in the most peaceful time ever. So In order to […]

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Diana?

Once again, it seems like poor Diana Prince just can’t catch a break. Because once again, a Wonder Woman series is canceled.  The network giving the thumbs-down this time is the CW. The proposed series, Amazon, was to follow the same formula as successful CW hits Smallville and Arrow by telling an origin/coming of age story of a well-known DC Superhero. This […]

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We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

I’ve been trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (responsibly and gradually) with the help of an app that helps me to log the calories that I consume.  The app has one feature that annoys me: It awards me badges for any little milestone that I achieve. Congratulations Tracy! You successfully lost 10 Pounds! […]

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Too Many Distractions? Time to Clear the Mechanism!

As I write this, there is a home inspector crawling all over my house. I hear his footsteps in the attic. Just when I’ve gotten used to that, I hear him slither around, like an army of tiny little mice, down in my crawlspace. He’s testing the smoke detector and blasting the heat for 30 […]

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Opposites Attract in Fiction Too. Sometimes.

In many creation myths, the gods made both genders of human from one item, such as a tree, a stalk of bamboo, or an egg. In most of these myths, men and women are soul mates – two halves of the same personality. In other words most cultures noticed that opposites attract. The ancient Greeks […]

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Writers Write . . . But They Also Sell

Think back to when you were a teen ager.  Was there ever something that you really wanted?  Really, really wanted? How many times did you ask your parents for it?  Once? Twice?  Until they finally gave in? As kids, we were all probably pretty good salesmen. We were really good at convincing our parents that […]

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Monday Musing: Take Advantage of a Network

In high school you probably learned that Thomas Edison Invented the lightbulb.  That’s not exactly true.  What Edison did was perfect the light bulb and then mass market it, which is why he gets so much credit. What has this got to do with writing?  I’ll get to that.  But first a little background on […]

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Monday Musing: You Only Hurt The (Fictional) Ones you Love

Last weekend, my husband and I went to a pioneer-themed amusement park to see the Christmas lights. While we were there, we watched a blacksmith take a strip of metal and make a rose out of it. To do this, he put the metal strip into hot coals and fired up his forge until the […]

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“It Gets Better!” (But I may not be around to see it.)

When it comes to entertainment, I’m getting sick of hearing statements to the effect of “just give it another chance. It gets better!” Whether we’re talking about a new TV show that takes 6 episodes to get better, a movie that doesn’t really hit its stride until 30 minutes into the film or a comic […]

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Monday Musing: Bobs Your Uncle

I’ve never been great with fictional names. Which is probably why I am happy to let my husband pick out the names for the little passenger that I am carrying around for another five months. I wish there was more to my formula than that. I once heard that when Timothy Zahn named his Star […]

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