Archive of all blog posts tagged 'writing'


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'.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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".

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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, 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.

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