Monthly Archives: July 2012

Diversity and Science Fiction: Too Many Middle-aged White Guys?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about diversity in science fiction (and I define this narrowly, meaning English-language science fiction).  This tends to be a touchy topic in many quarters, and for a while, I thought about not writing anything here.  I decided I … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “Hoodoo”

For those of you who follow my Scribbles, you know that one of the most common questions I get asked about my stories is where did I get the idea for it.  People seem to be endlessly fascinated by the … Continue reading

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Close…Again

I don’t ordinarily say much about story rejections—they’re part of the writer’s life—but this one is a special case.  I’ve consistently submitted to Writers of the Future over the years.  It’s perhaps the most prestigious writing competition for amateur speculative-fiction … Continue reading

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Ack! My Short Story has Grown Too Fat!

A couple of months ago, I set out to write a 5,000-word short story.  As I sat down to write today, I found that my short story had grown toward novella proportions: 13,500 words and counting.  This is a problem.  I know … Continue reading

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Miscellanea

I have a few short items: Last week, the debut issue of Specutopia with my story “Hoodoo” was available for Kindle and Nook.  Over the weekend, other formats became available on the Specutopia webpage.  So head over and pick up a … Continue reading

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IN SITU Hits the Shelves

Although my story “Hoodoo” is no longer part of IN SITU, I’m pleased to announce that Dagan Books has finally released the long-overdue anthology.  IN SITU is collection of “science fiction stories featuring alien archeology, hidden mysteries, and things that are better … Continue reading

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Loglining My Novel-in-Progress

I finished the first draft of my novel back in December and decided to shelve it for a while before revising it.  I put off the revisions for several months because I didn’t know where to start.  Then I came … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “No Better Yesterday for Tomorrow”

I call “No Better Yesterday for Tomorrow” my story with the odd title.  Most people don’t get the title, but I if they think about some after reading the story, it should be obvious.  Then again, I came up with … Continue reading

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“Hoodoo” Ready for Reading

The long journey for my story “Hoodoo” is finally over.  It took nearly a year-and-half to go from acceptance to print (you can read some of that story here), but it’s finally available for reading in the debut issue of Specutopia (ebook versions … Continue reading

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Does It Have to Be All About Conflict?

I have a confession: I’m a writer who doesn’t consider himself well-read.  Sure, I’ve read a lot of speculative fiction, but outside the genre, I haven’t read much.  I’ve read some of the English language classics and a smattering of world fiction, but … Continue reading

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