Category Archives: Thoughts about Writing

Disks of Gold and Glass (The Writers of the Future Contest)

There’s been a discussion/debate on Twitter in the past few days about the Writers of the Future contest and workshop. The Writers of the Future (WOTF) contest and workshop has been around since the 1980s. I decided early on that … Continue reading

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Like a Midnight Hike

I’m looking at a small press contract, thirteen pages long. It’s a standard contract for the industry, but I have a few questions. It’s for a piece of fiction I haven’t finished yet. I was offered the contract based on … Continue reading

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Dive Into Wroldbuilding

Tomorrow, March 27, at 4:00 pm Pacific time I will be a guest on Juliette Wade’s Dive Into Worldbuilding program, available via blogspot. Here’s a link, where you can see some previous  episodes. Juliette is an anthropologist, a linguist and … Continue reading

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Magic; Who Gets to Wield It?

Magic can stand in for a lot of things. It can symbolize trickery and deceit. It can represent art, healing, spectacle; it can be about loss, sacrifice, family and love. In epic fantasy, nearly always, the question about who has … Continue reading

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Running in Slow Motion; A Writing Exercise.

My husband and I have this thing we do sometimes where we run toward each other in fake slow motion* –true, silly, very, very dreadfully silly we have been and are, but why will you say that this is bad? … Continue reading

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Magical Systems

I had a great conversation with Brandy this week about magical systems. It got me thinking. I’ve loved fantasy since I can remember. I loved fairy tales as a child, particularly ones where girls went alone into a dark wood … Continue reading

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The Hugos: Let’s Get Ready to Nominate!

It’s award season! Currently, the Hugo committee is accepting nominations, from eligible voters, for the finalist list of the 2018 Hugos. I’m an eligible voter. The Hugos are complicated! Seriously, there is a voting system that employs ranking rather than … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin: Be Always Coming Home

Ursula Le Guin published Always Coming Home in 1980. It was, from an experimental writer and a leading voice in speculative fiction and feminism, an experiment. It was Le Guin, the “anthropologist’s daughter” (as she sometimes named herself) playing with … Continue reading

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Not a Guild War, Just a Guild Spat

Ninety percent of what I know about guilds comes from the Wikipedia article I read a few minutes ago. Keep that in mind as I write about a Twitter kerfluffle from this week and what I think about it. Or … Continue reading

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To Go or Not To Go

I haven’t decided if I want to go to WorldCon 76. This is kind of silly. Last year I took an airplane halfway around the globe to attend. This year, it’s driving distance (San Jose), and I’m hesitating. The truth … Continue reading

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