About

 I defend entertaining stories… and write them too.

Here I strip away the pretensions and argue for the basics–an entertaining story. Let’s take a closer look at what’s often dismissed as ‘escapist’ or unrealistic, and dig to find what the elements of a good story really are.

Readers, here’s your place to discuss books that actually entertain you, pick them apart and discover what makes stories tick for you. Writers–you are readers too, of course, so take what readers love and weave it into your books. The result can only be more great fiction, and who can argue with that?

Oh yes, and do feel free to quibble with my opinions. Reasoned debate is one of the great joys of life.

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About Me:

I am a contributor to the infinite stream of information that gets poured into the web each day. This is my official blog. In addition to blogging, I publish ebooks, and write articles.

What’s my particular perspective on the world? Well, I am a Christian, a female, a Canadian, and a current employee of the library system. If you’re interested in my Christian perspective on Christian books, check out my other blog, Reading the Christian Classics.

 

Here’s some other places online where you can find me! I’d love to connect with you.

Twitter:

@harmamae

Goodreads:

Harma-Mae Smit

Google +:

google.com/+HarmaMae

Or leave a comment below!

 

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12 responses to “About

  1. Lone Diamond

    I am a student too, just started back after 10years (i didn’t bother much in school) You have good story telling skills!

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  2. how did you learn the craft of story telling..i need any advice or tips.

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    • Hmmm, well, I mostly learned by trial-and-error. I read a lot of different authors, decided why I liked some stories and not others, and tried to put that into my writing. My first writing was awful… the only way you really can improve is to keep at it and write lots and lots. There’s also plenty of writing tips online if you google it, eg: “show, don’t tell,” etc.

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  3. ronbrackin2

    Hello, Harma. Thanks for “Liking” my whimsical little poem about talking to the animals, especially since nonfiction, rather than poetry, is my principle genre. Anyway, I have a lame question for you. I’ve noticed on your site and a few other blogs that you have a Blogroll in your sidebar, and I cannot figure out for the life of me how to add it to mine. Also, I like that your Recent Posts (and your Blogroll) are bulleted, which I also like. Any tips for a 65-year-old author who is still fighting his way into the electronic world?

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  4. You are so awesome…I am happy to meet you…Its nice to meet a writer around my age group…:) cool blog.

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  5. I’m so happy about you and your blog. I do realize you’re improving your skills as a writer day by day. Keep writing while i keep reading your stories! Greetings from Brazil!

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  6. Elyse

    This is so cool Harma! I happened to notice a link from facebook and have thoroughly creeped your blog for the last hour! Awesome stuff – of course I fell to reading your little addition to Emma – great! Oh dear… I seem to have gone a little exclamation mark happy… it does happen…!

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    • Thanks for coming to look around! I wouldn’t post publicly online if I didn’t want people to creep around, so feel free to look away! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. While researching a project I googled “Casablanca” and found one of your posts, then I decided to stay and browse around–nice blog! I’m a new follower.

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