So You Want to Commit Novel #9: Short vs long Originally published July 2010 Are you writing a short story or a novel? Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America, SFWA, defines fiction lengths for the purpose of their Nebula Awards. Short Story: less than 7,500 words. Novelette: between 7,500 and 17,500 words Novella: between 17,500 […]
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Servants and aristocrats: wildly different on the social scale, yet often found together.
Originally published July 2010 You’ve been through developing an idea, writing the first chapters, synopsis, plotting 1 & 2, slogging through the muddle in the middle, and writing a satisfying ending. Now the short, out of order, and ugly first draft is done. This book has eaten your life for six months to a year
I read a column one morning in CodeLikeaGirl (on Medium) in which Kira Leigh eloquently expressed the sheer scariness of pursuing a career as a freelancer. I was compelled to respond because while Kira is fairly new at freelancing, I’ve been doing it for a while now and I wanted to share my story. It
I’ve made no secret that I’ve had three surgeries requiring anesthesia in the last six months. The two cataracts were minor, the hip replacement was not. Each case required me to be unconscious during the procedure. The first cataract surgery lasted a grand total of eight minutes. During that time, I experienced a wild ride
Having spent last week talking about the specific differentiations between class, status, and caste, I’m going to attempt to avoid all those terms this week and just speak of “rank.” Because although we commonly talk about certain groups as classes, I want to be clear that the distinctions between them may be economic or legal,
Originally published July 2010 One of Heinlein’s rules of writing is to never revise except under editorial direction. Um…I am not a one draft writer. Never been one, never will be. My creativity comes in layers over several drafts. I’m down to 4 or 5 drafts, but I need feedback from at least one other
The ancient healing Sanctuary of Asklepios on the Greek island of Kos is an oasis of beauty and tranquility. NOTE: As you read this, I’ll be recovering from another neurosurgery to finally give me relief from severe cervical stenosis. So a repeat of the healing sanctuary of Kos seems appropriate. This was part of a 2018
When talking about the divisions within a society, we tend to toss around terminology with a lamentable lack of precision. But it’s useful to pay attention to the distinctions, because they tell us a lot about what factors matter, and what forces are pressing in each direction.
Originally published April 2020 I have a thing for fiction about nuns. And a quiet admiration mixed with puzzlement. I can only imagine the shape of what drives a woman to devote her life to God. A caveat before I wander off into convent sisterhood fiction: I know next to nothing about the catholic faith,
I’ve never sat down and counted all of my ghostwriting/editing clients. Every once in a while, when I go in to clean up my file folders, I realize that I’ve had more than I thought and that I’ve actually forgotten about some of them. Some I work with once and that’s that; some I’ve been
I am not an organized marketer. All I really can do is write. Once written, stories or mss get submitted almost at random, to any seemingly appropriate market that runs across my screen. There’s no marketing strategy, no plan. And I don’t keep records, so I don’t remember what I did. Sales arrive, and I