Recently, I received this letter from Wendy, a fan with whom I’d been corresponding. It spoke deeply to me, and rather than answer it alone, I asked some of my writer friends to join in a series of round table … Continue reading
W is for Workspace. Every author has a preferred workspace. Lucky authors get to work under those conditions on a regular basis. Everyone else figure out ways to make do. … Continue reading
(This is the thirty-seventh installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** The best-laid plans of mice and GMs oft go astray. I’ve spent a bunch of posts over the last few months talking … Continue reading
It’s September, now. The drought continues. Remember when I said the larger plants– the trees, grapes, etc.– seem to be weathering it okay so far? Well, “so far” isn’t so far anymore. … Continue reading
As a flower child of the late 60s, I enjoyed sharing a joint with friends – and yes, unlike Bill Clinton, I did inhale. After all, as President Obama has said, that was sort of the point. And, like many … Continue reading
Sometimes I get a sudden urge to go back and run a finger down my bookshelves and remember books – why I got them, why I loved them, why I still own some (but not others), what it is that … Continue reading
I’ve been to a couple of events lately that gave me hope for the future. One was an all-day workshop called COCAP (for Community Capital) on the topic of “Radical Redistribution of Wealth Through Impact Investing,” held at my … Continue reading
Two weeks ago, I blogged about the naming of cats. Since it would be unfair to leave our canine friends out . . . My family also usually had a dog or two. After I went off on my own, … Continue reading
All time travel stories have to contend with a science fiction trope we might call the “trickle forward” effect. Some writers simply ignore the effect, others use it to great (and often funny or tragic) advantage.
Personally, I love writing time travel stories. I’ve penned about half a dozen of them, all published in Analog. I’m working on a sort of twisted time travel novel at the moment and am grappling with a complex plot that relies on the trickle forward effect from multiple points in time. Obviously, this can be a blessing or a curse.
I was discussing time travel stories with Larry Niven one weekend at a con when he told me that he has some slightly twisted friends who like to dress in black suits and go about in the guise of Time Travelers. They spend their time abroad policing each other. If one of the number so much as picks up a gum wrapper and throws it away, the others will insist that he find the wrapper and return it to the spot.
The point is, that while many of us who even think about time travel, consider major events such as assassinations and wars as turning points in history, the truth is that the removal of a gum wrapper may be just as telling in the long run. Continue reading
This was originally published in March on the blog of the American Bookbinders Museum, where I’m Operations Manager. One of the many things I like about my job is the opportunity to learn new things. And as it turns out, … Continue reading