Writing What You Know Is Not A Path

It's a gate. It's a place to start, whether you're describing a character or a place or an action. And you know more than you think. Especially if you write science fiction or fantasy. Because then you're free to make up the things you know from whole cloth in a few spots, maybe many. That's... Continue Reading →

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13 Word Story: Pyrrhus Would Be Proud

Things are already getting worse climate-wise. We've had a string of hottest years ever. The average global temperature is rising. Polar ice and mountain glaciers are waning. Tundra is melting, and releasing more greenhouse gases. The complex weather systems of Earth are becoming chaotic and less predictable--as climate change theory predicts (a theory is a... Continue Reading →

13 Word Story: Infamous Leaders

I bet you can guess who the reality show POTUS is. Hopefully this won't come to pass--but let's not underestimate the foolishness of our leadership at the moment. If it does happen, I bet the first communication from the hiding-from-disaster presidential bunker will include a brag about his war having the best ratings ever. (This... Continue Reading →

Not Your Gramma’s Grammar

Not Your Gramma’s Grammar “Grammar Nazi!” The default view of our own language (I’m speaking from the US as a monolingual—feel free to chime in with experience of other native or second languages) is of a rigid thing. A structure. Strict boundaries. Even a trap, sometimes. Penalties may apply. There’s some justice to that view.... Continue Reading →

My New Hip Is Settling In Nicely…

...and I'm starting to write again. Healing has occupied a lot of my energy over the last couple of weeks, just as contemplating major surgery sapped a lot of my mental energy for a few weeks leading up to it. There's a big wad of post-surgery slacker inertia to overcome, but I'm starting to break... Continue Reading →

“What Was I Thinking,”

is the thought that goes through my head when I look to the past, especially when it comes to my writing. Maybe it's a version of impostor syndrome. Maybe it's performance anxiety, in which it's easy to think the worst about one's own work. Maybe it's... Well. It probably owes to many factors. But creatives... Continue Reading →

Submission And Rejection (For Writers)

This is a little bit especially for people in the early days of their sending-their-writing-to-total-strangers-and-asking-them-to-publish-it careers. Which is daunting. It was for me. It was every time I did it, and so far I've chalked up around 200 rejections for 4 acceptances, only two of which are still in print (in the sci-fi world, small... Continue Reading →

Should I Review Short Stories?

There are a lot of book bloggers reviewing books. But it's rare to see them review a short story collection, and a review of a single short story is practically a unicorn. So maybe as a short story writer I ought to step into the vacuum and review some short stories? On the con side,... Continue Reading →

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