Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hotel Surreal

I like to travel, so I consider myself lucky to be one of those people who get to do it as part of my day job.  I seldom get to travel in luxury, however.  I’ve spent three weeks on an … Continue reading

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Finally! It’s Out the Door

Whew!  I finally got a story I’ve been working on for the last month-and-a-half out the door.  For some reason, this story was particularly challenging to write.  I’m not sure why.  It was a “darkish” fantasy story, which is something I don’t normally write, … Continue reading

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Killing Your Darlings

As part of my “training” to break into professional fiction writing, I routinely critique stories by other writers.  (I do this both when asked and when I read, but that’s fodder for another post.)  I recently critiqued a story in … Continue reading

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Elusiveness of Memory

Yesterday morning  my daughter asked me what I remembered about elementary school.  I hadn’t actually given it much thought before, but I was surprised how little I actually could remember.  I recall a few things that I can place in specific grades, like … Continue reading

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Ten Down and It’s Only August

Recently I hit the first of my annual writing targets when I made my fortieth story submission.  Over the weekend I hit a second of my goals by completing and submitting my tenth short story of the year, a piece called … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Hitting Forty

I wanted to get serious about my writing this year, so I set writing goals back in January (I’m a goal-oriented person).  I developed four goals and what I thought were realistic targets for each: Write and/or edit at least 500 … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “Memories of Childhood”

The podcast of “Memories of Childhood” recently went live at Nil Desperandum, but I wrote this story many years ago.  After it was published by OG’s Speculative Fiction in 2009, several people asked me how much of it was based … Continue reading

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Hearing My Own Words: “Memories of Childhood” Podcast

I was pleasantly surprised when I got an email yesterday from Jim Phillips, the editor at Nil Desperandum, telling me the podcast of my story “Memories of Childhood” was now available.  This story, which original appeared in OG’s Speculative Fiction waaaaaay … Continue reading

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“Memories of Childhood” Hits the Airwaves

Jim Phillips, editor of Nil Desperandum, just dropped me an email to tell me that the podcast of “Memories of Childhood” is available.  I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but I’m looking forward to checking it out later today.  … Continue reading

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Title Me Thus, Sayeth Gomorrah

Titles fascinating me, partly because I find them extremely challenging to write—either a title comes to me in a shot of inspiration, or no amount of wringing the ol’ grey-matter brings one—but also because they come in so many forms, from … Continue reading

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