Category Archives: Writing

Dialing in on Nin, and why an SF/F guy is reading her

I’m reading Anaïs Nin this month, having started with Henry and June, her unexpurgated diary (review here), and now have read through more than half of the earlier (heavily edited) Diaries, Vol 1. One might wonder why a Sci Fi … Continue reading

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The agony and ecstasy of online reviewing

Professional authors (e.g., folks who can actually live on their authorial earnings) are likely to have really good editors. The editor is known to them, there is give-and-take between author and editor, they build trust over multiple projects, and like … Continue reading

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Pat Hayden Jones – Renegade update

15 months and about 2 weeks after my last edit, I’m back at it. In the interim I spent a lot of time learning stuff for my new job, so now yes I know how to set up DHCP, LDAP … Continue reading

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Review: Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre My rating: 4 of 5 stars Double-cross promises a long scorecard of unusual characters in a trying–and dangerous–game, spying for Britain in WW2. It delivers, both in the … Continue reading

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Ad blocking and the end of the columnist, Part 2

Continued from Part 1 Who will write in the 21st century? So, if we’re pushing to a new paradigm where the platform is the publisher, who’s doing the writing? We are. The Crowd. Seriously, it’s already happening. CNN and ABC … Continue reading

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Shattering the monolith

The monolith: Pat Hayden Jones, Renegade, 220,000 words (before a couple attempts to slash & burn), a history of a character, a universe I’ve been musing about for many years. And, finally, after a massive push in 2014, ignoring kith and … Continue reading

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Real life gets in the way: Retooling and the drought

At the end of 2014, I had to completely shift focus in my Real Job, which supports four other people, three households, and a cat. So, that job has to have priority. Writing is a time and money sink so … Continue reading

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What to do while stuck on a plane/at an airport? Edit, of course.

Well yes I will have a few hours to spare tomorrow, traveling as I am from the Left coast to the Levant. Hey, it’s business but I get one day at the beach, and after the wretched weather here lately … Continue reading

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“Bjorn & Bread” Prologue

I like Scott McGowan’s style: “They may not be the biggest, strongest or the most handsome” via “Bjorn & Bread” Prologue. Ya know, I’m tired of heroes that are too cute, too perfect, too smart. We need more heroes like … Continue reading

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Inspiration for the writing cave

Just ordered this from Amanda Makepeace (isn’t that a lovely name?), will go up on the wall of fame above ye old computer, amongst the watercolors from old buddy Chris.

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