Category Archives: Thoughts about Writing

Open Mike: What to Read, What to Read?

This month I did two author reads, and I have one scheduled for early next month. As Comeuppance Served Cold draws closer to publication, I plan (or at least hope) to do more personal author readings. This leads to the … Continue reading

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The Trope of the ELM

I’m currently reading a science fiction adventure novel. I’m at about the halfway point. Yesterday, reading a tense, high-action sequence involving a number of the characters, I was struck hard with how much the story relies on the Exceptional Lone … Continue reading

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Worded Out

This isn’t about writer’s block. I may compose a post on writer’s block someday, because it’s an interesting topic. Personally, I think it is a term used to cover a variety of states. This post isn’t about that. Sometimes I … Continue reading

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Bodies in Motion

In Dashiell Hammett’s detective novel The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade goes to the hotel room of Caspar Gutman. Gutman is trying to persuade Spade to acquire the fabled falcon statuette for him. It’s an important scene, because we finally get … Continue reading

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Crowds, Mobs and Battle Scenes

On a recent writing panel, one of the other participants talked about the difficulty writing a particular battle scene in a series novel. He said it surprised him, because, he thought, “all he had to do” was look at a … Continue reading

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Inclusive Pronouns

I read the Murderbot stories by Martha Wells. They’re narrated in the first person by a Security Unit (SecUnit). Spouse read Murderbot. I “heard” the voice of SecUnit as female. Spouse “heard” it as male. I read John Scalzi’s Lock … Continue reading

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Hot off the Press Panel

Here is the link to the Hot off the Press Panel. This was fun!

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Writing Promotional Copy; the Struggle is Real

I sent my editor some copy to be incorporated into a larger release announcement due out later in March. It’s about the Project That Cannot be Named. Actually, it could be named and even renamed, which is has been, but … Continue reading

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Author Copies!

They have arrived! Second Chances Used Books will have some on consignment if you want a signed one. (I won’t be selling any directly.) There will be opportunities for consignment in a few other independent bookshops later in the spring. … Continue reading

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Wishing He Were Here

Both of my parents have been dead for a long time. I still think of them often. Sometimes a picture, an object or a piece of jewelry reminds me of them. Sometimes it’s a story or a song. I miss … Continue reading

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