Monthly Archives: November 2010

Yippee!

I just finished the first draft of my sixth novel. Woo hoo! My goal was to get the first, ugly draft completed this fall — and I did it! Now my plan is to let it sit and cure for … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

The list of things I’m thankful for would be too long and involved to write here. My physical blessings are astonishing. But my spiritual blessings are beyond comprehension. Maybe that’s one reason I write: to try to express the inexpressible. … Continue reading

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The Frustration of Good Advice (Part II)

In the last post, I promised you a quiz on one of the many good sites out that dispensing advice for aspiring writers. Did you read it?  Are you ready for the quiz? Ready or not, here it is: 1) … Continue reading

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The Frustration of Good Advice (Part I)

Sometimes we think we can go it alone. Particularly if we’re writers, and we have a story, and we know the basic mechanics of the language, and we feel inspired. We just know we’re on the cusp of brilliance. With … Continue reading

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Blind Men and Elephants

I read a discussion recently about why, within the field of speculative fiction, fantasy is so much more popular than good, old-fashioned, technical science fiction. I expect there are a number of reasons all working together — kind of like … Continue reading

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A Rose By Any Other Name (Part II) (or, Still Learning, Never Quite Figuring it All Out)

A while back I wrote about genre classifications, inspired by a discussion in a LinkedIn group for SciFi readers, writers, collectors and artists. I’ll admit, it was a pretty dull post. One reason is, it’s a pretty dull subject. But … Continue reading

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