Category Archives: Inspiration

Taking a Break: Into the Wilds

I haven’t posted here in over a week because I took a vacation and headed off into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  I wrote little during the last week, but I’m not going to beat myself up over … Continue reading

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What Are You Waiting For?

I’ve met a lot of people who say they that want to write stories. I know most of them will never get around to it for a variety of reasons.  For most of these folks, it won’t matter.  Whatever their … 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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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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Inspiration: Sinking Holes

It’s been a while since a new story of my has been published, so I haven’t had much opportunity to continue my series of inspiration posts.  I often get asked what inspired a particular story.  Sometimes I don’t know the answer—it’s … Continue reading

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Today Should be a National Holiday

As far as I’m concerned, today should be a national holiday because it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  He was the first author I remember reading, the first writer whose name I actually knew, and first person whose books I would simply … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “Comes the Piper”

Those of you who are regular visitors to my site know I usually post something about what inspired a story when it’s published.  I’ve fallen a little behind.  I was in my writing funk when “Comes the Piper” was published in … Continue reading

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