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I imagine everyone has heard of the dueling court judgements regarding the nations’s new healthcare law—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—lovingly referred to as Obamacare. (No, I am not being at all facetious, in my household “Obamacare” is an affectionate pet … Continue reading
Last time I talked about some of the responsibilities the members of a critique group or writers’ workshop had to the writer whose work they were critiquing. This time, I’d like to address the responsibilities of the writer, which go … Continue reading
There are two parties involved in critique: the critiquer and the critiquee. Okay, I just made those words up. So, let’s say there is the giver of the critique and the recipient of the critique. This is true whether the parties are … Continue reading
At a recent science fiction convention, I was on a panel about critique groups. We started by sharing horror stories. I had the singular honor of having the most horrific in the room. I once mentored a group of writers … Continue reading
I had the truly bizarre experience of conversing with a Sandy Hook truther or two this past weekend. After listening to the litany of “reasons” that they have for suspecting a hoax or conspiracy of some sort (what sort varies), … Continue reading
This blog is not really about pillow fights. Nor is it about moving from Nebraska, say, to California—although, I’ve actually done that … twice. And any seafood involved is metaphorical. This blog is about key reasons that many of the stories … Continue reading
My first novel was also my first experience trying to create a fantasy world from the ground up. With Tolkien as my only model, I waded hip deep into Scottish history and Auld English linguistics to come up with character, clan, place and object names for my fantasy trilogy, The Mer Cycle.
Here’s what I learned: whatever names I use, it pays to simplify their spelling wherever possible. Continue reading