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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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Murder and Forensics

I had the opportunity to attend a writers workshop this weekend with D.P. Lyle and Katherine Ramsland as the two keynote speakers, plus Kathy Flynn and Rhiannon Davis, one a former homicide detective and the latter a forensic analyst. My … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Characters: Writing Dialects and Accents

When I was a newbie—I wrote a the first of a series of stories for Analog about a Scottish/Welsh xenoarchaeologist named Rhys Llewelyn. (Now in a BVC collection entitled SHAMAN.) Naturally, I gave him a bit of olde Scotland in … 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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My Favorite Characters

Lately I’ve been asked several times who my favorite character is in Her Mother’s Daughter. Particularly, I’m asked about the fictional characters, because the historical figures are who they were and I must portray them as believably themselves. But with … Continue reading

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Why I Workshop

It was January of 1987 when I decided to make professional publication my goal. I’d completed one novel, which still has never sold (and shouldn’t ever see the light of day,) and on that dreary winter afternoon I began another. … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Thinks about Books

I’ve just re-read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. I’ve probably read it ten or more times over the years. Probably seen the movie five times or so. Who wouldn’t as a teenager be obsessed with Julie Christie and Oskar Werner? My … Continue reading

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No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

  BVC mirrors founding member Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog. We are happy to report that selected blog posts will appear in No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters. Review: Barbara’s Picks, Nov./Dec. 2017, by Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal. … Continue reading

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Not so unexpected fetishes and fixations of writers

I haven’t met a writer who doesn’t have an office supply affliction of some sort. Pens? Pencils? Papers? Journals? Notebooks? Chairs? I can’t even begin to cover the variety. Personally, I’ve never passed a totebag/bookbag that I didn’t want. I … Continue reading

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Dramatic License

Today I offer the Author’s Note from the first book I wrote as Anne Rutherford, “The Opening Night Murder, ” where I address the issue of dramatic license in historical fiction. In my associations with other authors, often I’m drawn … Continue reading

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