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Looking Onto Other Pages

"When everyone in the community reads the same books, you can an inward-looking, intellectually impoverished community that can only contemplate its own navel."

A Clear(er) Head For The Future

What Zen taught me about writing SF&F, part 1.


Examining your inner creative voices: "Are you 'one' writer or 'many' writers?"

A Different 70%

"Odds are you know 70% of what there is to know, but everyone knows a different 70%."

Solving The Ego Problem(s)

"Solving the problem is more important than being right." A quick guide for writers.

Knots Within Knots

The job of a storyteller should not be to make things complex, but to find common threads in complex things. Doubly so in SF&F.

Yours And Yours Alone

Whatever it is you make, make it so yours they can never take it away from you.


Good Enough

if you want to be read, aim for the middle. Don't write total crap, but don't write stuff that's only going to be of interest to a self-selecting few, either.

You Have To Be Willing To Feel Stupid (For A While)

One of the reasons we call some people "geniuses" is because of (among other things) their disinhibitions about feeling stupid.

Whatever You Can Bring To The Picnic

There is a place for all of us there, and we just have to bring whatever we have with us to it.

The Longest Possible Now

Near-future SF has always struck me as the most precarious kind of SF, because of its sell-by date.

The Justdoitness Of Things

On how the dharma is for doing, not talking about.

Seducing Down The Door

Artists can't talk people into or out of things that they weren't talked out of or into to begin with. They can only seduce them.

License To Emulate

More from Raymond Carver: study and learn from, but don't emulate, singular literary talents.

License To Brutalize And Alienate

On a few words from Raymond Carver on ''experimentation''


Those Damn Darlings

To kill them or not kill them?

Why That Story?

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?

Leveled Up

If people critique your themes or intentions, that's a sign you've leveled up.

Kindly Educate Me About My Suckage

More on how most writers are not good givers of writerly feedback. Few people are.

Possibility Paralysis

What do you do when you want to do everything?

What It All Means

Zen's influence on my work.


Connections And Disconnections

"Is this something I can see myself sitting down to work on literally every day for the next year or more?" If not, why?

Havel's Optimism, December 2019 Edition

Stories aren't about happy or sad endings. They're about making sense of what happens.

This Is About As Performant As I Want To Get

People who launch YouTube channels or present themselves a certain way on Twitter are said to be engaging in a kind of performance. Or someone who just keeps a blog, like yours truly.

Not This Year, Either

No NaNoWriMo for me this year, again, but only because I don't need it. But what do I mean by "need"?

See other writers posts for 2019