Writing Longhand

The more I write, the more I find that I prefer to write longhand instead of using the computer. (It's worth noting that the computer RULES for editing, rewriting, rearranging, and otherwise molding a story into the right shape.) I always start a story by hand. I scribble notes and write a page or two.... Continue Reading →

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Broken Rice: Word Cloud 2

A month ago, I posted a word cloud for a work in progress, Broken Rice. It was around 8,000 words long then.   Since then, I reached a "I don't know what to do with this next" point, then let the story sit for a while and worked on other things, then picked it back up... Continue Reading →

A Year Ago: “It Could Be Anyone”

A little over a year ago I cooked up this little free short (you can read it here, complete and no download needed) in connection with a creative writing class in the MA program I'm finishing up now. The protagonist is Ms. Gaither, an eighty-five year old woman, and she came out of more than... Continue Reading →

Hacking A Story Apart…

(This post first appeared on my Patreon page on 24 February. Patrons -- even if all they can spare is one thin dollar per month -- see my posts first. They also get to see the stories I publish 30 days in advance, plus a FREE .pdf copy, even if I charge for the ebook... Continue Reading →

Holy Plot!

(This post originally appeared on my Patreon, on 30 January 2016. You can see the post there, or see why I'm on Patreon (hint: I FIGURED OUT WHAT I WANT TO DO WHEN I GROW UP YAAAY BUT OH MONEY YEAH I DON'T HAVE MUCH OF THAT STUFF) by clicking appropriately. Here or there, thanks for... Continue Reading →

EAT SCIENCE FICTION

Could the future be so cruel?      I love food, and it shows in my fiction. There aren't many stories I write that go by without the characters having a meal. I'm working on a story now, and my characters just finished a Kazakh-inspired meal of mutton and rice with dried fruit and garlic.... Continue Reading →

Who Do You Write?

The old saw goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."  If you write, the odds are you've flattered one, or more likely several, other writers.  As writers, we all begin as readers.  We dig around in the gigantic atmosphere of literature that surrounds us, plucking this and that out of the air, finding what... Continue Reading →

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