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Rejection, Part Two: Rage in Private

Now you’ve just survived a discouraging rejection, and you want to vent. Of course you do, and of course you should. You have writing friends who understand that providing support is part of the process. To them, you can say … Continue reading

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Short Story: Invasive Species

This is my original fiction. You have my permission to link to it. If you want to use any part or all of it, give me credit. * Speed Limit: 25 mph Your Speed:  32 Your Speed: 34 Your Speed: … Continue reading

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Morning at the Lake (A Writing Exercise)

(This is original fiction by me. It’s okay it you want to link to it. If you quote it, give me credit for it and cite this post.) This is my version of the Contentless Dialogue exercise. I didn’t include … Continue reading

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From WorldCon: SFF As Protest Literature

One of my favorite panels at MidAmeriCon II (WorldCon) was “SF as Protest Literature.” It had a great set of panelists: Jo Walton, who wrote Among Others and the SMALL CHANGE series in alternate-history Britain, where Hitler triumphs and England … Continue reading

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Room

(This is original fiction. If you use it, give me credit.  The artwork is (c) Edward Hopper, Room in New York, 1932. If you use it, give him credit.) In the “Brevity” workshop we did some flash fiction writing exercises … Continue reading

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$87.68

Earlier this week I walked up to the bank to deposit my check from Daily Science Fiction, for the story they just published. I felt ridiculously good about it. Let me put this is some perspective. This was not a … Continue reading

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Hilo Town

Hilo’s 1930s vintage bayfront is a delicious snare for tourists like me, with candy stores, T-shirt places, art galleries, quality restaurants ranging from high-end to tasty inexpensive cafes. One gallery is a cooperative of island artists. The downtown strip is … Continue reading

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The Scarecrow Parade

Once again, Main Street Benicia is hosting its Halloween scarecrow contest! There are many to choose from. The figures break down into some natural categories: Classic: Two actual scarecrows and a skeleton display represent the best of the “classic” theme. … Continue reading

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The Hugos, Chapter 8: Well, Someone Learned a Lesson, and I Hope It’s Us

The Hugo awards were presented Saturday, August 22, in Spokane, Washington. After four months of hyperbole and uproar the splinter groups achieved very little. They did not take a single award for original work. One thing they nominated, the film … Continue reading

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House-keeping

I’ve been having some problems with the blog. Sonic.net just helped me out, but part of it involved deleting some people who had registered to post comments. Some of them may have been you. If so, I am sorry for … Continue reading

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