Category Archives: Writing life

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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State of the Farm, Fall 2017

  (Picture from here.) You recall last year when we had the worst drought I’d ever seen since I moved out here. Parts of our garden just twisted themselves out of the ground and we lost a couple of trees. … Continue reading

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Fairy tales and the magic of science fiction conventions

Fairy tales are chasing me this year. I gave a talk earlier in the year (and wrote it up, here) and now they’re the theme at Conflux, the Canberra science fiction convention. I’m on several panels. I’m also going to … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reading List for Greece

As you read this, I’ll be winding up my long-anticipated return trip to Greece. It will be very different, I’m sure, from my months-long backpacking adventure in the 1980s, but I’m also sure it will once more be magic. It’s … Continue reading

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Within my teaching box

Inside an old hatbox is a tin. That tin has a peacock on the top and is called Table Talk Dainties. I bought it years ago, to store spices in. In 1922 in Australia, you could buy the tin, for … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Tax Time!

It’s tax time! No, really, it is. When you’re a writer, it’s always tax time. Why? Because so many things you do or buy qualify as deductions. But you have to keep track of them. Mileage when you drive downtown … Continue reading

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Finland and Estonia in Bits and Pieces

Jeff has already told you the Big Things, like: there was this Worldcon and it was swell (and very crowded!). So I’m just going to throw a jumble of stuff at you, and you can take from it what you … Continue reading

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Worldcon Oddity: Peeing in Helsinki

Every worldcon I’ve been to in recent years has had its own oddities. In Spokane, it was four days of breathing smoke from wildfires on the US/Canadian border. In London, it was staying an hour from the con on a … Continue reading

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Worldcon 75 Wraps

Worldcon ended on Sunday, and as a way of saying farewell, I thought I would post this picture of my daughter drawing my attention to the welcome sign. I had a Kaffeeklatch on Sunday that was well attended, and included … Continue reading

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Worldcon 75, Part 2

Thursday through Saturday were good days for me at Worldcon. But first, congratulations to all the winners of the Hugo and associated rewards! You can see the full list on tor.com. Women once again dominated in the trophy winning, which … Continue reading

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