The Hinky Genie Lamp Hinky Chicago Book 4 by Jennifer Stevenson Inside the cavernous room, women in tights jogged around an oval track taped on the concrete. A set of cheap metal bleachers sat on one side. Jewel and Randy … Continue reading
“The world is tottering to ruin, evidence not merely of decrepitude, but of final collapse.” News pundit last weekend? Probably. But this particular quotation is a translation of a warning by St. Cyprian, written in the middle of the … Continue reading
Dear Santa, I know it’s early to be writing to you, but I wanted to beat the rush because I have something really important to ask. You need a little background for this, so if you can spare a minute … Continue reading
I saw The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution http://theblackpanthers.com/home/ last week here in Oakland where the Panthers were born. One of the cool things about seeing a documentary that touches on local issues in Oakland is that you draw … Continue reading
Every time the media report that a celebrity or sports figure has come out as LGBT, a tsunami of backlash rushes across the country. What follows is a small sampling of actual commentary from different coming-out news stories: “This isn’t … Continue reading
Is this you?
Wake up. Brush teeth. Make coffee. Feed the cat. Sit down at computer. Cry.
Because there’s just so much to be done. It’s not a do-list, it’s a tidal wave.
Ursula LeGuin has said that the writer’s job is to “put into words what cannot be put into words.” Writers of fiction—mainstream, horror, magic realism and fantasy as well as science fiction—have cheerfully (or not so cheerfully) accepted this job … Continue reading
By the time of my second cataract surgery, I was readier-than-ready. I was so tired of not being able to see clearly out of both eyes, which made depth perception – necessary for driving, pouring water from a pitcher, etc. … Continue reading
Navigating the Ocean of Story Session 1, Part 5 By Ursula K. Le Guin Alper: A lot of times, when I am writing or thinking a story, a scene just pops up. The scene seems powerful, touching, or somehow important, … Continue reading
One of the joys of living in the heart of Silicon Valley is that NASA Ames is just over there, and SETI HQ is even closer. We live among the cool kids – and the cool kids like to share. … Continue reading