Category Archives: Writers on Writing

Legal Fictions: The End of Lawyers?

In a recent podcast of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy,  Karl Schroeder opines that technology will replace lawyers. Not only will this happen in the far future world he envisions in his novel Lockstep, but “we’re headed there in … Continue reading


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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

We have often discussed on this blog where writers get their ideas. I am reviving the old thread, because this dynamite resource is becoming available!  Have a look at this!! In which, as a result of the need for computerized … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat, Part 3: Writing as an Act of Faith

As I said in my last two posts, I recently went on a writing retreat to work on my current science fiction novel, The Reefs of Time. There was an interesting faith component to this retreat. While the act of … Continue reading


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The Bag: Creative Chaos
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I give a writing workshop on generating speculative fiction ideas that has become a sort of fan favorite at conventions I attend. I did it for the first time with a group of writers I was mentoring and discovered that … Continue reading


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Proofreading The Catch Trap

The Catch Trap

Book View Café  is a publishing cooperative, both in the business and the friendly sense of the word. We offer one another all the services a traditional publisher would normally provide, everything from editing a previously-unpublished work to formatting and … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat, Part 2: Two Views of My Novel

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Last Friday I wrote about my recent writing retreat on Cape Cod. I have a few more thoughts that I’d like to share. Today’s is mostly visual. Every day I was there, I took a beach walk. I found this … Continue reading


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Legal Fictions: Why Is the Alliance Evil?

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I just watched Serenity again. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan, and while I would have preferred 8 years of Firefly to a movie – I love good serial storytelling – Serenity is an excellent movie. Unlike the recent Veronica … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat, Part 1: Getting Away!

In the last few years, I’ve learned that nothing lifts me out of a writing slump faster than going away on a retreat. Usually it’s my wife Allysen who recognizes the signs and sets it up for me. (Everyone should … Continue reading


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Legal Fictions: What Are Lawyers Good For?

I was reading an article in the New Republic about ageism in Silicon Valley.  Extreme ageism: It seems the 21st Century update on “Never trust anyone over 30” is  “Never hire anyone over 30.” As I read, the instances of … Continue reading


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Pillow Fights, Oysters, and Changes of State
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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


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