Monthly Archives: January 2012

Three More “Rules for Writing”

In December, I published a post on Rules for Writing.  I recently came across another “set” of rules from W. Somerset Maugham that put a smile on my face: “There are three rules for writing a novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows … Continue reading

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Nighttime on Kaho’olawe

I spent part of last week on an island called Kaho’olawe.  While only a few miles from the island of Maui (state of Hawaii), it’s surprisingly “remote” because of its history and current condition.  It served as a live bombing range for the … Continue reading

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Challenge the Way We Think

I came across a quote from Stephen Sondheim that I really liked: “If people have split views about your work, I think it’s flattering. I’d rather have them feel something about it than dismiss it.” So true, so true…  I … Continue reading

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Religion and the Decline of Science Fiction

One of the things I like about my writing group, Hopefull Monsters, is we often engage in philosophical discussions about the state of speculative fiction.  Recently we had a wide-ranging discussion about the apparent decline in the number of the people … Continue reading

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Dissecting “Observations on a Clock”

I’m still fairly new to the writing game, so it still surprises me when I see my story mentioned by people I don’t know.  Michael Haynes runs a feature on his website called short story dissections*, wherein he takes a published … Continue reading

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Long But Good Days

It’s been a long week.  The day job kicked into high gear, turning into several eleven-hour work days.  I have to admit it’s not as bad as it sounds because the long days were spent “in the field,” which, when … Continue reading

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Taking the Next Step: 2012 Writing Goals

I’m a goal-oriented person.  Goals help me focus my efforts and give me tangible targets towards which to work.  Last year was the first year I set concrete writing goals because I wanted to get serious about trying to turn my fiction … Continue reading

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“Reqiuem For Shiva” Finds Its Place

My novelette “Requiem for Shiva” has found a home with The Future Fire, which publishes social-political and progressive speculative fiction.  I never considered this story to fit that description until I went back and really looked at it (before that, it was … Continue reading

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Interview: Marc Schuster Discusses Writing

Last week, I posted part one of my interview with author Marc Schuster in which he discussed his forthcoming book, The Grievers.  Today Marc discusses his approach to and thoughts on the craft of writing.  Marc has also agreed to stop … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “Still Life Through Water Droplets”

Today, my story “Still Life through Water Droplets” went live online for free reading at Daily Science Fiction.  This story started with a title that popped into my head after reading a review of an art show.  That review contained … Continue reading

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