I’ve been beta-reading a manuscript by a local writer. It’s a middle-school novel aimed at boys. The prose is for the most part okay and there’s some particularly strong dialog. Yet . . . and any of us who have … Continue reading
Whenever I hear of a friend or relative — or a stranger, I’m not picky! — in distress, I want to jump in and fix their lives. It’s so much easier dealing with someone else’s problems than my own. I … Continue reading
Last week, I finished the rough draft of a novel and after taking a couple of days to play, I have begun a second draft and am thinking about the process. This second go-round has several important functions. One is … Continue reading
Recently, I sold a story, a novelette called “Fire and Fate,” to SWORD & SORCERESS 25. This story began with “Rite of Vengeance” in S & S V (1988). At the time, I was still reeling from my mother’s murder … Continue reading
I did not set out to read a book about the disciples of Walt Whitman. The volume was offered to me by my friend Jacob Stone who, in addition to being one of the co-directors of Quaker Center in Ben … Continue reading
First off, ignore the generic space-adventure cover. Yes, this novel by astrophysicist Alastair Reynolds takes place (partly) in space, and yes, it is packed with adventure, but the illo conveys nothing of the immensity of the universe. The “sense of … Continue reading
Our German Shepherd Dog, Oka, developed fear-aggression after being attacked on several occasions by other dogs. I watched him go from “Another dog! Hooray — great fun, great smells!” to “Another dog — oh no, OH NO — he’s after … Continue reading
A confession: I like to read at bedtime.