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It still gets my blood pumping…

Did a line edit of the final climax of the book – two chapters in which the forces which have been aligning for 400 pages finally crash together. For me, having written the first version of this years ago, it’s … Continue reading

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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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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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Top Ten Enemies to Writing

10. Neighborhood/homeowner/condo association. Dandelions, what dandelions? 9. Medical issues. I cannot type until I fix this hangnail. 8. Equipment problems. 4K monitor! Yeah, I need that. For my eyes. 7. Game of Thrones. Who’s gettin’ killed next? 6. Noise. Users of … Continue reading

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A novel is like stringing a necklace, each moment, a pearl

I’ve been reading a lot about the art of writing. Everyone has a list of things you should do, things you shouldn’t. And then of course they go ahead and tell you to ignore half of the rules, depending on … Continue reading

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On writing, one’s voice and the intimidation of virtuosity

I read a gripping story on Lightspeed yesterday (http://bit.ly/1lj69Pp), How to Get Back to the Forest by Sofia Samatar. It’s what I call a virtuoso performance—the story grabbed me right off and didn’t let go—it was like taking a deep … Continue reading

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