Posts for 2020

Deep Dive (2020/08/14 05:00)
I dove deep this week into rewriting my blog software. Almost didn't come up for air.

Behind The Scenes With 'Fall Of The Hammer', Pt. 4: The Story (2020/08/12 08:00)
How everything from 'The Stars My Destination' to 'Streets Of Fire' (and even 'Justice League', in a negative way!) fed into the making of my new novel.

Behind The Scenes With 'Fall Of The Hammer', Pt. 3: The Influences (2020/08/10 08:00)
A rundown of some of the other stories and films that influenced 'Hammer''s growth and direction.

From Something, To Something (2020/08/08 05:00)
With your sources for a story, it ain't where you start, it's where you end up, and how you get there.

Behind The Scenes With 'Fall Of The Hammer', Pt. 2: The Idea (2020/08/01 05:00)
The alterna-past setting and backstory for my new novel, 'Fall Of The Hammer'.

Stories Of The New Weird Normal (2020/07/30 05:00)
How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.

I Liked The Movie Better. No, Really. (2020/07/29 05:00)
Sometimes adapting something, as one form of remaking it, can do it a favor.

Behind The Scenes With 'Fall Of The Hammer', Pt. 1: The Origins (2020/07/27 05:00)
How my new novel 'Fall Of The Hammer' started from a project I'd abandoned over twenty-five years ago.

Let's Not Try To Understand All This Too Quickly (2020/07/26 05:00)
In a conversation with a friend, about the way our crazy moment in time is shaping our creative decisions, I kept coming back to a phrase I've said to myself before: "Let's not try to understand all this too quickly."

You Deserve To Know What's Up, Late July 2020 Edition (2020/07/24 05:00)
Much hard work ensuing here at Chez Infinimata, and on multiple fronts: current book, new book, software.

Down These Mean Streets (2020/07/20 08:00)
How much of a debt I owe not to science fiction or fantasy, but another genre: the hard-boiled noir.

Kauffmann Syndrome (2020/07/19 05:00)
The problem with much criticism: it proceeds from the flawed premise that art is hierarchical.

The Code Hole (2020/07/19 08:00)
I meant to blog a little more this week, but life happened, and I also stumbled face-first into what I can only call a code hole.

Hard Work Is Its Own Reward, Or So They Told Me (2020/07/14 08:00)
Not a great week or so, to be honest. Much emotional rollercoastering, much of it project related. And not in the ways you might think.

The Reconstruction Blues (2020/07/13 08:00)
Blogging software, rewritten from scratch.

This Old Blogging App (2020/07/06 08:00)
Should I rewrite my existing blogging app, or ditch it entirely? (Spoiler: DIY! DIY!)

The Payoff Is The Setup (2020/07/04 12:00)
Meaning, go straight to the good stuff and don't make people wait.

Goodbye, Genji. Hello, Infinimata. (2020/07/02 12:00)
Welcome to the next generation of my personal publishing imprint.

From Scratch Every Time (2020/06/30 05:00)
Every single time I start a new story, I'm starting from scratch in more ways than one.

The Eye Closes: Milton Glaser, 1929-2020 (2020/06/27 01:00)
Goodbye to a man with a little more vision than most, and whole lot of heart.

Publish Or Perish? Why Not Both? (2020/06/26 09:00)
On the ways self-publishing gets dinged as illegitimate, and how to rebut them.

Things You Deserve To Know, June 2020 Edition (2020/06/24 05:00)
Some progress notes in re the latest novel, Fall Of The Hammer.

Original Conclusions (2020/06/23 05:00)
It's hard to do your own thing, and for good reasons.

Crossover Events (2020/06/22 08:00)
For fun I ran down a list of popular culture things that nobody really had expectations for, but which sort of escaped their box and went on to become major cultural landmarks.

The Pop Problem (2020/06/18 05:00)
What is it I really want from popular culture? Typically something rare.

Why That Story? (2020/06/17 01:00)
What does it mean to say that I want to tell a given story about a given person or a given thing? Why me and not someone else? What do I bring to the table?

Four Years Of Facelessness (2020/06/14 05:00)
According to the fossil record, I quit using Facebook about four years ago, give or take a month. I'm still off. I regret nothing.

The New Absurd Is The New Normal (2020/06/13 05:00)
And how we might be able to write about it.

A Bucket Back Into The Well (2020/06/12 05:00)
On new work in progress.

Faster Typewriters (2020/06/11 08:00)
I never want to make the argument that we should refrain from making things easier as some kind of hedge against mediocrity.

Ousmane Sembene Remembered (2020/06/11 07:00)
My turn to throw out props for a black creator, one who doesn't get much press in any circle: filmmaker and author Ousmane Sembene.

Ticking Some Boxes (2020/06/08 05:00)
Things SF&F need to do, in no particular order.

Another Life Touched (2020/06/08 01:00)
Depth of connection with an audience, even an audience of six, always wins out over sheer numbers.

A Quick Post-Renaissance VirtualCon Note (2020/06/07 08:00)
The panels for Renaissance VirtualCon went very nicely. I'll be posting video playback links for them as soon as I have them on hand, in case you couldn't make it.

Catch Me In Person! Sort Of (2020/06/03 01:00)
I'm going to be appearing as a panelist on two panels at the Renaissance Press Virtual Conference. Register now, slots are going fast!

The New Toy (2020/06/02 08:00)
A new notebook computer enters my hands, and once again I'm boggled by progress.

The Spirit Of Eden (Talk Talk) (2020/06/02 08:00)
Over thirty years later, a record as jarringly fresh now -- maybe more so now -- than it was when it first undermined everyone's expectations.

The Enormity Of The World's Grief (2020/06/01 05:00)
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief." Easier said than done.

Fearful Asymmetry (2020/05/30 01:00)
If I could sum up the problem of modern politics in only a few words, it would be this: the asymmetry of the motivations of the participants.

All The Money In The World (2020/05/26 08:00)
Even if you had it, then what?

Folio v. 0.0.4 Has Arrived (2020/05/24 08:00)
Welcome to the latest release of my wiki/org tool for writers and creative folks.

The Hardest Problem, Revisited (2020/05/22 01:00)
Naming things. Especially stories.

Bubble Poppers And What-Iffers (2020/05/22 08:00)
The more outside your bubble you have at your command, the more you have to answer any "what if?" in your work.

Why I Am (Not) A Filmmaker (2020/05/18 05:00)
I might have been, though. And I still wish I was.

Squeezing The Tube (2020/05/15 05:00)
It never helps to force a story to be about something.

The Zen In My Work And Vice Versa (2020/05/13 05:00)
I never wanted to be a "Zen SF&F author". If I did receive that label, I think I'd be very unhappy about it.

The Answer Print Stage (2020/05/10 05:00)
If I was a filmmaker, my latest book would be at what could be the "answer print" phase. Done, but not quite *done*.

The Impossible Factor (2020/05/09 08:00)
Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".

DIY Or Die (2020/05/08 05:00)
When is it OK to say, "Screw the world, I'm'a do me"? And when is it just being a self-indulgent twerp?

Leveled Up (2020/05/07 08:00)
If people critique your themes or intentions, that's a sign you've leveled up.

The Nyah-Nyah World (2020/05/06 05:00)
Welcome back to third grade.

Cheating, Not B.s.ing (2020/05/04 05:00)
On the idea of: "Writers are liars and fabricators, but not b.s.'ers."

Exact Thinking In Demented Times, And Other Delights (2020/05/01 05:00)
On Sir Popper's beautiful mind as an antidote for this terrible moment.

Kindly Educate Me About My Suckage (2020/04/30 08:00)
More on how most writers are not good givers of writerly feedback. Few people are.

By Hook Or By Book Or By Crook (2020/04/29 05:00)
On how my friend and fellow writer Matt is against the idea of the "hook" as a narrative mechanism.

Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be (2020/04/27 05:00)
At some point in my life, I realized I didn't want to "go back" to anything, because there was no such thing as "going back".

Nothing Like That Now, Honest (2020/04/27 08:00)
A note to myself: Be careful how you describe your story to others, because any one word can produce an image that doesn't match the reality.

One With Everything (Literary Edition) (2020/04/26 08:00)
On the idea of writing a novel that encompasses the whole of life (and other delusions).

Where They All Went (2020/04/24 05:00)
On losing touch with friends, and the difficulty of making new ones.

The Maltese Dafoe (2020/04/19 08:00)
Fantasy casting for a film that never was.

Chewing Through My Bit (2020/04/17 08:00)
I want to get Fall Of The Hammer finished and put to bed so I can get on with the next big thing.

Cold World Blues (2020/04/11 05:00)
"The universe doesn't care about our feelings" isn't an excuse to be mean. No condition of life is an excuse.

A New Definitive (2020/04/11 08:00)
We change all the time, and with every change comes a new kind of definitive.

The Me Agenda (2020/04/09 08:00)
I'm not on anyone's schedule but my own, although it's sometimes hard to remember that.

Not Coming To A Book Near Me (2020/04/04 05:00)
Why I wasn't going to do post-apoc, or apoc-in-general, stories -- yes, even long before COVID-19 came along.

Of The Here And Now, Or The Anywhere And Always (2020/04/03 05:00)
I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction

Future Schlock, Pt. 2 (2020/04/01 05:00)
More on how SF's main purpose isn't to predict the coming of specific things, but to understand how we might respond to them, whatever they are.

Still Waiting For Blu, 2020 Edition (2020/04/01 08:00)
Apropos of nothing. A rundown of some favorite movies of mine that have yet to enjoy a physical HD reissue.

Escapism In Bad Times (2020/03/31 05:00)
The point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.

The Fifth Time Around (2020/03/29 08:00)
On keeping the edit wheels turning on "Fall Of The Hammer".

As If (2020/03/28 05:00)
"If infinity is too big for you, live in the day."

Some Sense Of Stability (2020/03/26 01:00)
When all this madness first really lit up, I made a promise to myself: I wasn't going to post anything here that was simply an echo of anything you could find anywhere else.

Recommended Reading In Difficult Times, Pt. 1 / ? (2020/03/23 01:00)
Since many of you are stuck indoors right now and going a little stir crazy, I have some nonfiction reading suggestions that shed light on our moment from different directions.

Get 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' FREE This Week Only (2020/03/23 09:00)
"Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned" is FREE on Kindle this week only. It's "Strange Days meets GoodFellas". I think you'll like it.

Everyone Knows Utopia Is Nowhere (2020/03/21 05:00)
On those who believe in incremental solutions -- progressive and conservative alike -- and those who believe in burning the whole house down and starting over.

The Unplanned Obsolescence Of Our Dreams (2020/03/20 08:00)
SF and fantasy both have shelf lives, but drastically different kinds.

Some Work-From-Home Tips From A Guy Who's Been There (2020/03/19 01:00)
Okay, maybe I do have a few pointers that might be useful.

From The Bunker (2020/03/18 01:00)
Like most of you, I'm "sheltering in place" -- which is actually not all that different from what I already do. The difference is that now I don't have a choice.

Hello From The Other Side, Pt. 3 (2020/03/16 08:00)
A third letter to a dead friend.

Things And Stuff, 2020-03-07 Edition (2020/03/07 05:00)
Just a quick note about what's new in Chez Genji (writing, programming projects, etc.)

Do As You Say, Pt. 2 (2020/03/03 01:00)
So why don't I in fact like endpaper maps and genealogies and all the rest?

Do As You Say, Not As I Say (2020/03/03 08:00)
Why I try not to write any story that needs a map in the endpapers or a genealogy.

Not The Fastest Horse, Just The Friendliest (2020/03/02 08:00)
Using Python to build, well, everything.

My Folio Is Open At Last (2020/02/29 09:00)
My personal wiki project's Github repo is now live!

Hello From The Other Side, Pt. 2 (2020/02/28 08:00)
Another letter to a long-dead friend.

What Might Dance Better (2020/02/26 08:00)
"Since all art finally affirms something, if only its own value, some attitudes thus dance better than others."

Wiki Work(i) (2020/02/25 01:00)
Progress report on my personal wiki software; organization for creatives and everyone else too.

My Greebled World (2020/02/24 05:00)
On that feeling you get that the modern world is just too damn complicated.

The Burden Of Being Enthusiastic (2020/02/24 08:00)
I'm way behind on everything these days, and the biggest reason for that is there's just so much more of everything. But it's no crime to miss out, is it?

Xtaloid: My New Game (2020/02/20 01:00)
I guess this means I can add "game developer" to the rack of hats I wear?

Former And Continuing Student Of High Weirdness Confesses All! (2020/02/13 08:00)
The true weirdoes, god love them, can't help themselves. I wasn't one of those folks, and I knew it.

Power Tools (2020/02/10 08:00)
On Scrivener, Granthika, TiddlyWiki, and now my project for helping writers organize their work.

When Weighing In Got Outweighed (2020/02/04 05:00)
Why I no longer write reviews of stuff for my own site.

Big Z, Little Z (2020/02/02 01:00)
Why I don't mention Zen much in "mixed company".

Readiness And Other Lies (2020/02/02 08:00)
It's not about being ready; it's about being willing to fail.

May Your Playlists Never Run Dry (2020/02/01 08:00)
Most every story I've written has a soundtrack.

Of Dark Days (2020/01/31 05:00)
None of this happened overnight. Neither will overcoming it.

Possibility Paralysis (2020/01/30 08:00)
What do you do when you want to do everything?

The Builders And The Finders (2020/01/24 05:00)
At first people think creating things is more like discovery than construction.

From Inside Out, Pt. 3,276 (2020/01/22 08:00)
Spiritual advice don't mean a thing if it don't come from within.

The First One Is Meant To Be Thrown Away (2020/01/21 08:00)
Each work is a bridge to the next one.

What It All Means (2020/01/20 08:00)
Zen's influence on my work.

The Pleasures Of Eating Your Own Dog Food (2020/01/19 08:00)
No, this isn't about pets; it's about making the tools I use for my creative work.

The New Needs Friends (2020/01/13 05:00)
The new needs friends, not evangelists or apologists.

A Time Now Gone (2020/01/11 10:00)
On letting an old domain name roll away.

You May Begin To Feel Overload (2020/01/07 08:00)
On art as the alleged antidote to life -- although life is no illness, is it?

One Year Later... (2020/01/06 08:00)
Kicking off 2020.

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