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?
Leveled Up (2020/05/07 08:00)
If people critique your themes or intentions, that's a sign you've leveled up.
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.
Possibility Paralysis (2020/01/30 08:00)
What do you do when you want to do everything?
What It All Means (2020/01/20 08:00)
Zen's influence on my work.
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?
Havel's Optimism, December 2019 Edition (2019/12/12 05:00)
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 (2019/11/18 08:00)
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 (2019/10/25 05:00)
No NaNoWriMo for me this year, again, but only because I don't need it. But what do I mean by "need"?
What Started As A Romp (2019/10/15 05:00)
I always say to myself, "I'm just going to write something fun," and of course it always turns out to be far more than that.
No Good Vs. Yes Good (2019/09/21 05:00)
Creative paranoia: when you know, just know, your work is worthless in a way only others can see.
Doing The You Thing (2019/09/11 05:00)
On defending that original burst of inspiration to the death.
Doowutchalike, Part Three Hundred And Six (2019/09/10 08:00)
What is the good, and bad, in saying "I do what I dang well want" in any creative medium? I know there's both.
Short Of My Own Mark (2019/09/06 05:00)
A good critic of other work makes me look at my own and feel like I've missed even the standards I wanted to set for myself.
The Big Payback, er, Payoff (2019/07/03 05:00)
What you do and don't owe a reader.
Why Nelson The Miscreant Was Right (2019/06/30 05:00)
"...the wretched of the earth might not be wholly responsible for their wretchedness."
Bliss Is Ignorance (2019/06/08 05:00)
There was once a time when I felt I was a better writer when I didn't really know what I was doing.
Guilty As Charged (2019/05/23 08:00)
Everyone who's ever put a word to paper has an excuse, or a justification if you want to be less nasty, for everything they do. Of course I'm guilty of this.
Another Land's Words (2019/03/15 06:00)
Are international literary prizes just for "foreign writers who make sense to us"?
The Reading Prescription (2019/02/01 05:00)
On recommending books as a way for authors to get perspective on a current or future work of their own.
The Fire Of The Mind (2019/02/01 01:00)
Those who embrace creativity take control of their lives. It's a contagious thing.
Words From The Wise (2019/01/30 05:00)
Very few people are qualified to give useful story advice because they think the main function of a story is to entertain them.
All The Cool New Folks Are Dead (2019/01/25 05:00)
In re: "I can’t help feeling a bit depressed that so many of the cool new writers are dead."
Future Schlock (2018/12/21 08:00)
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.
Beat It To Fit, Paint It To Match (2018/12/07 05:00)
"Workshop" is the wrong word for the place where we come to mutually improve our writing.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind