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."
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.
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.
Original Conclusions (2020/06/23 05:00)
It's hard to do your own thing, and for good reasons.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
A New Definitive (2020/04/11 08:00)
We change all the time, and with every change comes a new kind of definitive.
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
Readiness And Other Lies (2020/02/02 08:00)
It's not about being ready; it's about being willing to fail.
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.
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.
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?
Connections And Disconnections (2019/12/15 08:00)
"Is this something I can see myself sitting down to work on literally every day for the next year or more?" If not, why?
The Shape Of The Envelope (2019/12/03 01:00)
On pushing your envelope as a creator (and not getting all moralizing with yourself about it).
Stan, The Man With A Plan (2019/11/24 08:00)
On Stanley Kubrick knowing just what he wanted.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind