NaNoWriMo 2015 #SFWAPro

National Novel Writing Month is always held in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. For the new author, it’s a daunting task. 50,000 words looks like Everest to somebody who has never put that many words together. It is, however, a very achievable goal.

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Frankly, I’m Embarrassed to be Your Colleague

To my fellow science fiction and fantasy writers.

Merriam-Webster online defines professionalism as follows: “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well” The science fiction and fantasy genre is woefully lacking in such.

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Lampooning the Hugo Awards – Free Short Story.

aka…The Bluegills, the Bream, and the Shiny Stones

Every once in a while, a writer will produce a piece of fiction with a short shelf-life. Such it is with a story i wrote a couple of months ago. The intention was to make a statement about the 2015 Hugo Awards, … Continue reading

Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp 2005

Ten years ago this week, I was sitting in Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp, held in Orem, Utah that year. It is an auditioned workshop held every year by Orson Scott Card. It’s something he does to pay the craft forward, and there have been a number … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Point of View

It’s a big decision

It really is. When an author sits down at the keyboard and looks at a blank file, there are choices to make. One of those decisions is point of view. In other words, whose eyes are we seeing the story through?

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Reflection on Being an Idle Author

Writing is a lonely existence much of the time. Because certain life situations have made it difficult to travel to conventions over the past decade, it’s easy to feel out of touch with the rest of the SFF community. That’s why events like the mass author signing at Poisoned Pen … Continue reading

Some Writing News for a Change

As I grow more weary of reading about the Great Science Fiction Civil War and the Battle of the Hugos, I’m turning inward and ramping up my own idea factory. I haven’t posted on my own writing for what seems like ages, so today it’s a little about where I’m … Continue reading

The Great Science Fiction Civil War – Part 5 (The Death Threats)

The Great Science Fiction Civil War – Part 5


The Death threats

I didn’t plan to post about this today. What happened is this: I jumped onto Facebook and saw a link to this blog post by Mary Robinette Kowal, who interrupted her vacation from the internet … Continue reading