To be straight: I revise. I revise and revise and revise and revise and revise and revise… You get the drift. And if you’re mathematically inclined, just add an exponent and use the alef. When do I stop revising? When I look at the thing and feel like vomiting. Seriously. But I have had the … Continue reading An Alternative To Shitty First Drafts?
One of my favorite students said, “That’s the problem with Amazon Reviews: they should not call them Reviews; they should call them Opinions.” If you’re the soundbite kind of person, a Twitter type loving the 25 words or less kind of thing, this post is about this: I don’t like a star rating on a … Continue reading Fake Reviews and blah, blah, blah
So, I ran across this truly engaging conversation on FSG’s blog between writers Nathaniel Rich and Robin Sloan about the future in Fiction. It’s tempting to think of future in fiction as belonging to the realm of sci-fi, but Sloan and Rich are asking us to reach beyond prophetic vision into an understanding of the future … Continue reading The Future in Fiction (Not the Future of Fiction, Please)
I found this awesome little graph that categorizes readers. I fit in more than one category, apparently, many of them, sadly, under “Prestige.” Nonetheless, reading is reading. I hope you have fun with this. Reposted from Laura E. Kelly Continue reading What Kind Of Reader Are You?
Will McIntosh was a psychology professor at Georgia Southern University until recently, when he won a Hugo Award for his novella titled “Bridesicle” (Asimov’s 2009). Then he turned his sights to his lifelong passion, writing, and we are all benefitting for it now with the many books that McIntosh has already written. “Bridesicle” was a … Continue reading Love Minus Eighty: Dating When Technology Cheats Death
Back in 2003 a friend introduced me to a book that was soon to inspire the DaVinci Code and set on fire every pre-conceived notion I had about my birth religion and the religion of my ancestors, Christianity. That book was Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and in it, the authors speculated whether Jesus of Nazareth … Continue reading The Problem With Dumuzi
I’m pleased to announce that I will be joining the fabulous faculty of the Sanibel Island 2013 Writers’ Conference this November 7-10. This is hands down one of my favorite conferences ever, and I’m more than a little humbled to be among fellow writers like Steve Almond, Ron Currie Jr., Bath Ann Fennelly, Brock Clarke, Lynne … Continue reading Join Me in Beautiful Sanibel