Category Archives: Inspiration

Thankful for the (Possibility of) Good Anthropocenes

Water catchment system

Traditionally, anything published on U.S. Thanksgiving Day must be about being thankful. In the current political environment, it can be difficult to feel that way. Fortunately, there are people doing outstanding work on sustainability and resilience – the keys to … Continue reading

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The Inspiration Fairy

This last weekend I attended Orycon 39 with a bunch of very fine people. I had a great time, and I got to meet a lot of terrific people and visit with friends I hadn’t seen in forever. There’s never … Continue reading

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Disappointments and New Windows

I’ve suffered some disappointments this last week. Well, one major one that also hits the pocketbook. An academic gig I thought I had fell through. I thought I’d been offered the job, actually, but apparently I was mistaken. Anyhow, it’s … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: “Bearing Shadows”

I am a lucky man. I’m the father of my daughter. I’m the father of my son. Can’t get much luckier than that. I remember that feeling, though, toward the end of the first pregnancy. Everything was going well, yet … Continue reading

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Meeting Emma and Gillian

“Did GG’s stuff include a scrapbook?” “There’s one of those late Victorian scrapbooks, with poems and pasted pictures. Is that what you mean?” In my debut novel for Book View Café, The Wizardry of Jewish Women, a scrapbook appears. “This … Continue reading

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All the sluts: the hinky side of women’s fiction

I’m so excited about this series launch, I’m squeaking like a mouse. Also bouncing. Coed Demon Sluts was conceived at the point when I realized that my last series, Slacker Demons, was leaving the lair of the incubi empty. I’d … Continue reading

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The Sage in Bloom

Or How I play Hooky: Sacajawea in Bronze Most writers need a day when a loved one surgically removes them from the computer and takes them elsewhere. My husband recognizes my symptoms of needing a break before I do. Severe … Continue reading

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Dreams and Ideas and What ifs

I’ve gone through periods when I did not know if I’d ever get another writable idea. Since most writers are magpies, crows, and jays, and as such we collect shiny bits and pieces and tuck them away in our mental … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #4:Why do characters love?

Love is one of the guiding principles of the human condition. Things have been done in the name of love – both great things and evil things – that defy explanation, or rationalization. Love is what love is, and when … Continue reading

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My Favorite Season

After a fake-out warm spell that was followed by seeming weeks of cold and wet, signs of spring are showing up around the neighborhood. Forsythia’s bright yellow is flaring here and there. In my yard, birds are clustered around the feeders, chowing … Continue reading

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