Category Archives: Thoughts about Writing

Galley Copies!

Thursday evening someone rapped on the door and immediately rang the bell. This is the hallmark of UPS or FedEx these days. I was delighted to hear it because it meant the coffee beans were here, and we were nearly … Continue reading

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A Rant

Odd time of year for a rant–odd time in my life for a rant, actually. I really have little to rant about right now. Given the state of the world, things are good for me, and I’m grateful. In spite … Continue reading

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On the Road to Chosenville

I just realized that in my new Work in Progress, a fun, no-expectations project, I’m driving one character straight onto the freeway exit for Chosenville with no graceful way to change lanes. Chosenville is the hometown of fictional Chosen Ones. … Continue reading

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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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