Category Archives: Thoughts about Writing

Eligibility List: To my surprise, I have one.

Is it just self-indulgent ego-stroking? Am I writing it as practice for future years when I will have (I hope) a more realistic reason to post this, or am I just doing it because all the cool kids are? Whatever … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Locus Byline

I had a short article appear in Locus, the trade magazine for science fiction and fantasy. Locus provides market reports, market updates,  convention reports, interviews and reviews. The article was a recap of HawaiiCon 2017. It ran just shy of … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | 1 Comment

Rejection, Part One: Some Thoughts

I’ve gotten plenty of rejections, so I think I can speak with some authority on this subject, and I plan to. This post was inspired by yet another story about a writer who confronted an editor. I’m going to call … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Leave a comment

The Infamous “Brief Description”

“Please include no more than 10 pages of your work, pt 12 font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and a separate cover page with a brief description of your work.” Those are words than make emerging writers shudder.  Not the manuscript … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Writing is Rewriting; Revision

If I have a strength as a writer, it’s as a rewriter. Revision is often where the “real” writing is, for me; where I’m able to see the opportunities to deepen the characters, to make the world around them more … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Leave a comment

In Which I Get Grammar-Snobby and Reality Immediately Smacks Me

I’m not an expert on English grammar but that doesn’t stop me from being a grammar snob. I cluck and tsk and roll my eyes as I  observe punctuation errors and other grammar errors, not just in the comments section … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Author Interviews

At the start of the Memorial Day weekend, my writing friend Kate (you can see a story of hers here) sent me a link to an author profile. The piece, published at the Writers Collective, compared the careers of interviewer … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Leave a comment

Jenny Who Fan Fiction Part One

I recently finished the final version of Draft One of a work in progress. (To my mind, there are multiple drafts and there can be more than one version of each draft. I’m complicated.) I also finished up a short … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Leave a comment

Where You Can Find my Stuff

A writer’s blog is supposed to promote that writer’s work. I kind of forgot about that part. I talk a lot about my writing, and I include links on Facebook and Twitter, but maybe this is a good place for … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Leave a comment

These Are the Tools

These are the tools. They look really old-fashioned. No Track Comments, interactive spreadsheets, no Google Doc file, just a paper manuscript, a bunch of stickies and an ink pen. Missing from the photo is a new spiral notebook that I … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts about Writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment