Category Archives: Writers on Writing

The Reluctant Traveler Explores Plot Options

My husband and I, with the assistance of an Australian red blend, discussed a story idea. He writes, too, and in many ways is better than me (yes, it’s true) in his skill with prose, dialog and word choice, being … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Past: The Godwhale

First a heads up on happy information. Recall earlier this year my story, The Sweet Warm Earth, was published in F&SF. It was picked up by The Best American Mystery Stories. Well, it’s out. Here it is. Okay, now that … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 4: Athens Today

Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. I recently made a fabulous 3-week return trip there, to research additional … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 2: Ancient Athens

Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece–ahem, 35 years ago–I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. I recently returned from a fabulous 3-week return trip there, to research additional settings … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 1

Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece–ahem, 35 years ago–I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. Life always seemed to intervene. So Thor and I decided to celebrate our ten-year anniversary … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Bricolage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) It’s the fifth Friday of the month, which means it’s time for one of the Patreon bonuses: an essay about the process of worldbuilding, the theory behind it, etc. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Time to Move

If you want to understand why – and how – to move your body, Katy Bowman’s book Movement Matters is a great place to start. I picked it up because I’m researching how our minds and bodies work together, but … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer: The Big Scary
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I read a column this morning in CodeLikeaGirl (on Medium) in which Kira Leigh eloquently expressed the sheer scariness of pursuing a career as a freelancer. I was compelled to respond because while Kira is fairly new at freelancing, I’ve … Continue reading

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The Language Attic: Ovine

by Brenda W. Clough  One of the pleasures of magazines on the Internet is finding great writers. I am not for instance in the readership demographic for Esquire magazine but now I read their splenetic political columnist Charles Pierce daily. … Continue reading

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A Personal Fantasy

I’ve had variations on this particular fantasy for many years, but here’s the current one. A rabid puppy or other type of fascist or garden-variety male asshole a lot younger than me is looming over me in a threatening way, … Continue reading

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