Monthly Archives: December 2012

Reading Challenges, Do You Do Them?

I’ve watched other people list reading challenges in their blog sidebars or on goodreads or librarything and have thought, “Fun!” and “Not for me.” I don’t want reading assigned to me. I can assign it myself, and then get itchy … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Observations on Ambition

The coming new year seems a good time to bring this up.  Lately, for some reason, I’ve been exposed to a number of videos and blogs that encourage students and other people to “follow your passion” to find a career.  … Continue reading

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Yuletide: the gift of fictional conversation

    There are many in fandom who start looking forward to Yuletide by summer. This tradition is, I think, one of the best open secrets in the fanfiction part of fandom. Here is the FAQ; the main thing to … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Past: East of Eden

It’s odd to me John Steinbeck doesn’t come up in conversation too much anymore. When books do come up there’s usually a breakdown something like this: mostly contemporary with the genre interest of the speaker showing up broadly, some books … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Wish I’d Known

      Each spring since the year of my first publication, I’ve taught at a novels workshop in Louisville, KY. As part of this teaching gig, I’m asked to present sessions on subjects varying from characterization to research techniques to how … Continue reading

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A Dog Is For Life – No Time Off For Good Behaviour

Christmas and dogs go together like ‘bull’ and ‘china shop.’ You know a disaster is imminent but when, and what form it will take, is a mystery. All you can do is dog-proof your chewables and hope for the best. … Continue reading

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The Death and Rebirth of Light

It being a holiday season for many religions, I figured I’d take a break from picking my way through the folkloric roots of the fantasy genre, and talk a bit about the death and rebirth of light. Powerful symbol, ain’t … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky for Christmas

At some point during my teen-aged years, my father decided we needed a new family Christmas tradition, so he began reading us “The Grand Inquisitor” chapter from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov on Christmas Eve. We’d sit in the living room, … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday (12-26-12)

BVC members have picked up this meme from shouldbereading: To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? … Continue reading

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I’m thinking of the reader’s experience as I write my sex scene. In a way, I’m making love to the reader. (Yes, yes, I said that, you can go tell all your friends now.) Continue reading

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