Category Archives: Thoughts about Writing

Why I Love the Internet; Reason 701

I wanted to check and make sure that flashlights were in common use in 1930, for a scene in a story. I thought they probably were because I think they are mentioned in some of Dashiell Hammett’s fiction, but you … Continue reading

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The Cover Design Survey

Falstaff Books purchased a novella from me back in early 2018. A few months ago they advised me that my work was with the copy-editor and I would be hearing from them at some time in the future. Last week … Continue reading

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Public Readings.

In early March I attended FOGCon in Walnut Creek California. One thing I always attend at FOGCon are author readings. In one session, I heard a writer named Matt Maxwell read from his independently published novel Queen of No Tomorrows. … Continue reading

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Aluminum Leaves; Update #1

I got an email from my editor that she reviewed my revisions to “Aluminum Leaves,” the novella Falstaff Books accepted, and the story was being sent on for copy-editing. This is exciting! My revisions satisfied her questions and there are … Continue reading

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Raising the Stakes; Orphan Black

“Raising the stakes.” It’s something genre writers think about (hear about, read about) a lot. With some genres, like thrillers, mysteries and romances, the common wisdom is that action has to start very soon on the page and, to paraphrase … Continue reading

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The Professional Writer, One Model

I follow a lot of writers on Twitter and Facebook, and I read quite a few writers’ blogs. It’ll be no big surprise that lots of well-established writers, at least genre writers, still have day jobs. They sell their work … Continue reading

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Beyond the Stars; Unimagined Realms is Available Now

Beyond the Stars; Unimagined Realms is out now, available on Kindle for ninety-nine cents. It dropped on Friday; It’s now Sunday evening and the book is: #8 in Kindle Store, ebooks, SFF, Science Fiction, Anthologies #16 in Books, SFF, Science … Continue reading

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Where You Can Find My Work

A short story of mine called “Adagio for Tiamat Station” will appear in Beyond the Stars; Unimagined Realms on 8/24/18. I’ll post the link as soon as I have one. I don’t have a ETA on my fantasy novella from … Continue reading

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MCWC, 2018: Looking in the Rearview

This year’s Mendocino Coast Writers Conference was good for me. Vanessa Hua, who taught the short story workshop, chose a different element of story to examine (setting, dialogue, stakes, character, etc) each day. We opened with a writing exercise and … Continue reading

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Update on a Writing Project

I got edits and rewrite requests back from one editor the day before yesterday. She’s so smooth. She’s got that classic good editor thing going on. It goes like this, “I love this! It’s really good, just what I wanted. … Continue reading

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