All posts for Infinimata Press: Projects in 2012

On Not Blaming The Sandbox Dept. 2012-11-29 16:00:00-05:00

SF is hard to write. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be so rewarding to write well.

Uncovered Dept. 2012-11-01 09:48:41-04:00

A peek into the future: the first version of the cover for my novel "Flight of the Vajra".

First Round Draft Choice Dept. 2012-10-29 12:00:00-04:00

The first draft has ended. The rewrite approaches.

Smoothly Drafted Dept. 2012-10-19 10:00:00-04:00

The technology of writing makes it easier to reach for the stars -- but it can't make up for the will to do the reaching.

NopeNoWriMo Dept. 2012-10-18 10:00:00-04:00

Sorry, no-Vember sprint for me. (And some notes on those who flip up their noses at the NNWM sprinters.)

Roughly Drafted Dept. 2012-10-17 11:15:00-04:00

The peculiar difficulties of the second draft, especially for a writer in the 21st century.

The Unplaylist Dept. 2012-10-09 10:00:00-04:00

What I listen to when I should be working, and what I listen to when I am actually working.

Tools of the Trade Dept. 2012-10-08 10:00:00-04:00

Who's up for swapping their PC for a typewriter and a looseleaf binder?

Tra-Di-Shuuun Dept. 2012-09-11 10:00:00-04:00

Creative innovation vs. audience alienation.

Re-Kindled: "Summerworld" 2012-09-10 10:00:00-04:00


Witness for the Defense Dept. 2012-07-10 10:00:00-04:00

Why it's sometimes hard to speak up for your own work, even if you're clearly supposed to do so.

Do It Yourself Dept. 2012-06-19 10:30:00-04:00

"If you don't like it, make one yourself" is not a valid argument.

How To Cheat Dept. 2012-06-14 10:00:00-04:00

Why SF&F make things up as they go along, for better or worse.

No Humans Allowed, Pt. 2 Dept. 2012-06-08 10:00:00-04:00

SF's big weakness: worlds without much in the way of people.

The Style And The Substance Dept. 2012-06-01 10:00:00-04:00

The skin of a story, and what lies under it, in SF and elsewhere.

Only Connect Dept. 2012-05-26 10:00:00-04:00

"... real talent manifests itself not in a writer's affectation but 'in the exactness of his observation [and] the justice of his situations.'"

Genre-ic Dept. 2012-05-25 14:05:54-04:00

Lev Grossman on why genres aren't evil.

No Humans Allowed Dept. 2012-05-23 10:00:00-04:00

In the end, SF is always about the humans -- especially the humans reading your work.

All There On The Page Dept. 2012-05-18 10:00:00-04:00

What is it that a book does better than a movie? Especially when it's SF?

To Have Ambition Was My Ambition Dept. 2012-05-17 10:00:00-04:00

What's "ambitious" about a work of fiction? Hint: it isn't the length or the size of the dramatis personae.

Pure Fiction For Now People Dept. 2012-05-15 10:00:00-04:00

On the "relevance" question in fiction, especially SF.

Open Mouth Already A Mistake Dept. 2012-05-10 10:00:00-04:00

Just enough is more, especially when showing as opposed to telling.

Dream Big Or Die Dept. 2012-05-07 10:00:00-04:00

Why philosophical fiction doesn't have to be boring -- and why SF&F provides an ideal field for such work.

Covering All The Bases Dept. 2012-04-27 17:43:38-04:00

A four-quadrant approach to writing: making it both fun and deep.

Human Wave: To Sum Up 2012-04-21 17:05:30-04:00

What SF&F and literary fiction have to teach each other -- and what to do about them talking past each other, or learning the wrong lessons. A first attempt at stating the problem.

Human Wave 9: To Let Your Work Speak For Itself 2012-04-18 10:00:00-04:00

"Your work should speak for itself."

Human Wave 8: To Not Be Boring 2012-04-16 14:00:00-04:00

"You will not be boring. Or at least you’ll do your best not to be boring." What, then, does it mean to be boring?

Human Wave 7: To Be Internally Consistent 2012-04-09 13:30:00-04:00

"Be consistent with your own aims." If your world falls apart, it had better be for a good reason.

Human Wave 6: To Be Read 2012-04-06 10:00:00-04:00

"Write to be read." So what makes some writers willfully defy such a convention?

Human Wave 5: Cheat And Run 2012-04-04 14:40:00-04:00

"Don't leave the reader feeling cheated," and how it's possible to do that as both an SF&F writer and a "straight" fiction writer.

Human Wave 4: No Grey Goo 2012-03-31 10:00:00-04:00

"No grey goo" -- don't strand us in a landscape of emptiness and nothingness unless you have a really, really good reason for it. Here are what some of those reasons might be.

Human Wave 3: To Not Write Agitprop 2012-03-28 10:00:00-04:00

"Don't write agitprop" - but first, know what it is and what stands in contrast to it.

Human Wave 2: To Not Inspire Loathing 2012-03-26 10:00:00-04:00

On Human Wave SF's 2nd conceit: "Do not inspire loathing." But how can we point the way to the future without being a Pollyanna?

Human Wave 1: To Entertain 2012-03-24 10:00:00-04:00

On Human Wave SF's first conceit: "Be entertaining!" Pitfall or paradigm?

Royale Hunger Dept. 2012-03-23 10:15:00-04:00

How dystopia is just our way of saying "if you seek a monument..."

The Human Wave 2012-03-22 12:00:00-04:00

For a while I've been struggling with a sort-of manifesto that I was going to use as a banner for Genji Press (and especially Fight of the Vajra). Then Sarah Hoyt came along and beat me to it, at least...

Always In Touch Dept. 2012-03-12 10:00:00-04:00

Being plugged in has already become a way of life. Does it just get worse from here?

Jean "Moebius" Giraud 2012-03-11 11:18:01-04:00

Vision, ended.

Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today! Dept. 2012-03-10 15:00:00-05:00

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Or could be. Or something.

The Future Is Right Here At Home Dept. 2012-03-06 10:00:00-05:00

Why SF forgets that the way we do our laundry is just as important as the way we travel between the stars.

Making It Up As We Go Dept. 2012-03-05 10:00:00-05:00

Fiction isn't just about making stuff up. SF is even less about such things.

Sign O' The Times Dept. 2012-02-20 12:33:41-05:00

If SF is really about "now" rather than the future, does that make it also about contrasting the literature of "now"?

Unplugged Dept. 2012-02-17 12:24:00-05:00

No cellphones in the future, and no computers either. Just connectivity and computation, for better or worse.

Until The 12th Of Never Dept. 2012-01-31 20:15:23-05:00

Living forever: human aspiration or cosmic crock?

One Of A Kind Dept. 2012-01-30 18:02:45-05:00

My rationale for why I don't plan to write sequels. (I could be wrong.)

Matter Synthesizer (Or Maybe Sampler) Dept. 2012-01-29 21:27:39-05:00

On giving the gift that you made, and on what "making" means.

In Character Dept. 2012-01-26 18:45:11-05:00

On character in SF, especially bad character.

Belief System Dept. 2012-01-25 20:14:21-05:00

When SF addresses religion.

Money Is Not Our God (But All The Same, I'm Still Cashing My Paycheck) Dept. 2012-01-23 13:11:00-05:00

Will they abolish money in the future? Don't bank on it (ho ho).

Opening Salvo Dept. 2012-01-22 22:44:02-05:00

It's the beginning of a new project, and a new way of talking about it.

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