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I Amn’t Dead (Writing-wise)

Seems as if we’ve all had a lot to think about for a long time, writing being low on the priorities list, but I did publish in another 18th Wall anthology. I sold a retooled version of The Knight of the … Continue reading

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Credible Fiction

I read a book this week that lacked credibility. It wasn’t a non-fiction book, so those criteria of credibility didn’t apply. It was a novel about a well-defined phenomenon – the decline of the Jesuit order after Vatican II – … Continue reading

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Stuff That Enrages Me, and Why I Read It

  The story is that one of my favorite Victorian writers, Charlotte Yonge, used to submit all her manuscripts to her father before she sent them to publishers. He would then ruthlessly excise anything which was improper, making sure that the … Continue reading

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Is it time for unabashed Community fiction?

Sarah Avery has a long and fascinating essay at Black Gate about serial novels and why. It’s one of those essays that I hope will become a classic, because it names something that is definitely out there but I haven’t … Continue reading

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Let’s do the Time Warp Again

Last night this song was playing on the radio as I drove home. This morning I was reminded of it again as I read the medical news in order – I hoped – to keep my pathophysiology notes up to … Continue reading

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Podcasted!

WOOHOO! Fantasy Scroll chose my story The Adjunct for their latest podcast! And they did a fantastic job of it too. This is the first time I have ever been podcasted. I can tick off another box on my bucket … Continue reading

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Cat Valente’s Excellent Idea

The Hugo controversy has died down a lot, and instead of merely being mad at each other people are beginning to come up with interesting ideas. I particularly like Cat Valente’s proposal for a set of awards that specifically reward … Continue reading

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One advantage of being a writer

Tonight I was supposed to attend my book group. I was really looking forward to it, since I had suggested the book we were discussing. But when I got to the group, on the other side of town, there was … Continue reading

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I seem to love stories about bears

I’m half-way through The Secret History of Fantasy and this is the story I’ve enjoyed the most: Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson. What a fine story this is! It felt completely real from beginning to end, and like the best fantasies … Continue reading

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It’s not just me, it’s spring

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz weighs in on the state of science fiction and fantasy writing today in a column for Strange Horizons, and I see echoes of not only what I tried to say in  recent posts but of the article I … Continue reading

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