Monthly Archives: January 2016

Inspiration: Last Night at the Café Renaissance

Back in July of last year, InterGalactic Medicine Show published my story “Last Night at the Café Renaissance” (complete with this great illustration by Larry Blamire).  This is one of my all-time favorite stories, and I couldn’t be happier to … Continue reading

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So You Want to be a (Science) Fiction Writer

I’m not one who generally dispenses advice to be people about how to break into the writing business or to assess their ability to “make” it.  I’m happy to talk about market trends, what works for me (but may not … Continue reading

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Is That My Name on the Cover?

A writer I know developed something she calls Writer Bingo, where she made up a Bingo card where each square has something she considered an important or desirable writing milestone.  It might include things like “first personal rejection” to “first invite to … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “From the Darkness Beneath”

I missed announcing this one when it came out a few months ago.  To be honest, I had almost entirely forgotten about “From the Darkness Beneath” since its been sitting in the publishing queue at Space and Time magazine for over … Continue reading

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The No-BS Rules For Writing Success

People like to talk about rules for writing, but I’ve found that almost all the rules people talk about are a bunch of BS.  That especially applies to all the rules about how to construct a story, how to start … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, the—Let’s Just Do the Good

I’ve said several times now that 2015 was a bad writing year for me, and by all my usual measures, it was probably my worst year since I started publishing professionally.  I sold only a few stories, finished probably even fewer than … Continue reading

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The Year of Getting Back on Track

It’s 2016.  It’s the Year of the Monkey (or will be in another month).  For me it’s the year I get back on track with my writing. One of my failures last year was that I set no writing goals … Continue reading

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What are those steps again?

I feel a little like I’m in a 12-step program today.  What’s that first step?  Oh, yeah, admitting you have a problem.  The second?  Accepting it?  Hmmm . . . I don’t know.  Maybe this is a lousy analogy.  I … Continue reading

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[TAP] [TAP] [TAP] . . . Is this thing on?

Can anyone hear me? Likely not, given the room has been empty for the better part of eight months.  I didn’t expect anyone to sit around waiting for someone to come back to the microphone.  I wouldn’t have. Although looking at … Continue reading

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