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On being the last one to know

August 22, 2014 in Daily Writing

So, yeah, I’ve been playing with a little bit of a new look to the site. # It is cliché to say that a writer is often the last person to know what it is that they’ve actually written. Sometimes you hear this when a writer says they don’t know if what they’ve done is [...]

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“a sort of aesthetic trilogy”

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

When I talk to newer writers in particular, but sometimes even more experienced ones, the idea of writing seems to always focus on the words. By that I mean that they worry about their grammar and punctuation, or whether they have the right vocabulary, or have meticulously chosen the exact perfect word in the exact [...]

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Writer vs. Writer

August 9, 2014 in Business

As a member of their KDP program, I received a notice from Amazon today that suggested I write the head of the Hachette Publishing group a sharply worded mail. As if that will make any difference in their pissing match. Personally, I think the whole thing going on is enough to make the heads of [...]

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Writing in Other Cultures

August 8, 2014 in Daily Writing

As synchronicity would have it, I’m in the process of the second pass at a novel I’m titling Chasing the Setting Sun. It’s a follow-up to See the PEBA on $25 a Day, and it’s set in Japan—a place I’ve never been. Here I am yesterday, the day after I start in earnest on it, [...]

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Getting started again … and a special discount!

August 4, 2014 in Daily Writing

Having actually finished the notorious episode 8, I’m now in process of figuring out what I’m doing next. Yes, there’s always a next. Thank goodness. # Four Days in May special! I put this out on twitter/facebook earlier, but I should note here that John Bodin and I are celebrating the last month of the [...]

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Finishing is such sweet sorrow … no, it’s not … yes, it is … no …

August 1, 2014 in Daily Writing

It’s a good day today. After a very long slog (years, really), I’m finally “done” with my sword and sorcery serial (which I’ve re-re-retitled back to The Glamour of the God-Touched Series. There are many reasons it’s taken so long, not the least of which is that I’ve repositioned them between novellas and novels and [...]

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Books that changed SF forever

July 27, 2014 in Science Fiction

Jackie Allen-Peters, a friend of mine, linked to this list of 21 books that changed science fiction from io9, and she asked how many I had read, and what I would add. Here are my answers. I’ve read at least 16 of the 21, and maybe 17 … I can’t remember if I actually read [...]

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LLU Day 5 – What’s your strategy?

July 26, 2014 in Life

As noted over the past few days, I’ve been reviewing the Leanness Lifestyle University’s free 5-day program. Today is day five. After this time, it’s clear to me that this program has clearly been approached in a comprehensive manner, meaning that it’s been thought through from the top down, and takes into account all elements [...]

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Life Itself

July 25, 2014 in Movies

We went to go see “Life Itself,” the new documentary on Roger Ebert. It is a beautiful film, and both Lisa and I strongly recommend it. I think there are people in this world who are just remarkably different in ways that are hard to fully comprehend. Roger Ebert was one of those kinds of [...]

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LLU: Day 4 – I second that emotion

July 25, 2014 in Life

So today I watched the fourth video in LLU’s Fitness 101 program. It’s among the more interesting, as it’s about the third leg–leading an emotionally fit lifestyle. Before I get going too far, let me drop the breadcrumbs again…here are my thoughts on: Day 1: Overview Day 2: Adventures with Food Day 3: Can you [...]

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Lifestyle 101: Day 3 – Can you outrun what you eat?

July 24, 2014 in Life

Today I went through LLU’s free Lifestyle 101 Day 3 video. If you want to see my thoughts on the earlier installments, you can find them: Day 1: Overview Day 2: Adventures with Food A few more quick notes: 1 – Yesterday I said I expected to get an email to find day 2. I [...]

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LLU’s Lifestyle 101: Day 2 – Adventures with food

July 23, 2014 in Life

Today I undertook day two of the Lifestyle 101 course at LLU. You can find my Day 1 experience here. A few usability notes at this point. 1 – I’ve been playing with the little application that tracks calorie intake, and I find it’s not the most intuitive thing in existence. I may be writing [...]

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Playing around with Leanness Lifestyle University – Day 1

July 22, 2014 in Life

After seeing Rachel Carpenter’s impressive and inspiring success in regaining a healthy lifestyle, and because I’m just naturally interested in the science and psychology of weight loss in general, I decided to spend some time at Leanness Lifestyle University (LLU). For those unaware, LLU is a program founded by David Greenwalt, and focuses on helping [...]

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Simulators saves lives (or, thank goodness for GPL and iRacing)

July 21, 2014 in Life

Lisa and I were driving home from DetCon1 last evening, zipping along I-69 on cruise control at my usual 72 or 73 MPH in the right lane. The radio was playing, and we were alternating between talking and just driving. We had considerable distance between us and the cars ahead, and we had two cars [...]

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DetCon schedule…finally, eh?

July 14, 2014 in Conventions

Just a note for all the folks out there who will be in Detroit for this week’s DetCon, I’ll be doing a couple pieces of programming–both Friday. If you’re in the zone, stop in and say hey! Friday – 10:00AM: Reading (with Stephen Leigh) I’m still in the mode of deciding exactly what I’m going [...]

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Interesting chart

July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Putting it here so I can find it again. [grin]

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So close

July 9, 2014 in Daily Writing

Apropos of nothing, I suppose, but one would have thought that becoming a full-time would have resulted in me spending more time here, but it’s not really working out that way. Not yet, anyway. # I’m getting antsy (in a good way) about my Glamour of the God-touched serial. I’ve been reading the episodes aloud [...]

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Negativity, and why we’re so bad at dealing with rejection?

July 6, 2014 in Daily Writing

This isn’t really anything you don’t already know, but I think it’s one of those things that pretty much everyone can bear to think about again and again … because, well, we forget, eh?

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I’m probably going to get killed for this [grin] … but …

July 3, 2014 in Science

Here are two remarkably great videos that describe the fundamental weight control argument that rages through the country/world, and more important to me, my household. Lisa and I can talk about, understand each other and agree on almost everything except this. We get into these discussions and next thing I know we’re actually kinda arguing. [...]

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Progress and good news!

July 3, 2014 in Daily Writing,Short Stories

It’s been a bit since I dropped a note here. Sorry for that, but it’s been quite busy. I’m back doing the final polish on the 8-episode fantasy piece, which is now absolutely complete through episode three. The work here goes pretty quickly, but there’s a lot of it, and I’m creating an entire character [...]

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Refilling the pipeline …

June 23, 2014 in Short Stories

I was doing a routine review of my overall status a few days ago when I realized that after “Unfolding the Multi-Cloud” appeared in Analog (as it is scheduled next month), I would no longer have a work in the pipeline there. This made me more than a little sad because I’ve published four stories [...]

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Two weeks, one book

June 21, 2014 in Daily Writing

For the past two weeks, I’ve been writing a book. Or, I guess I should say that I’ve written a book over the past two weeks. Yes. A book. A short book, indeed, but a book. In two weeks. Ok, technically it’s a draft of a book, but it’s a book, and the story is [...]

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Oops…

June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Some of you more adroit folks may have noticed that I haven’t been talking much about progress of my fantasy serial since I finished episode 8. This was the last and final episode and my “workplan” said I was then to begin production on its publication. So, Ron, where’s the beef? The truth is that [...]

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Editors, writers, and responsibility … or “Oh, the profanity!”

June 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have a friend here in Columbus who runs a local writer’s collective and publishes a small-press magazine, and occasionally organizes a collection of shorts and poems to publish local writers. Very much a “for the love” kind of thing. She’s doing such a collection now, and this morning she sent me an email asking [...]

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100 Happy Days – Day 1

June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Indicators have come to me recently from several directions that I may not be happy. This may sound strange. I know it does to me, because on the whole I feel happy enough to me. Yet, I retain an attitude of self-reflection, and I’m willing to admit I may be wrong on most things (ha!) [...]

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Pulse Pounders antho cover released

June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

All right, I’m a little late to the party–the cover to Fiction River’s Pulse Pounders anthology was released a week or two ago. But for posterity’s sake (and for those who missed it), here’s the beef! I’m doing some particularly cool happy dances about this one for several reasons: 1) The BIG ONE! I get [...]

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The value of short fiction

June 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

A friend of mine recently posted a discussion (presumably between her and other writers) about the value of short fiction. I read it with some interest, and I wouldn’t argue with anything she said. But I’ve been thinking about this post and its question ever since reading it. The problem I’m having is that, for [...]

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Genre, definitions, and Margaret Atwood

June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

This morning a friend of mine sent me a link to a Goodreads question and answer session held with Margaret Atwood interview, along with the comment that I might find it interesting because Atwood is often considered a writer of SF. I read it, and, yes, it was interesting. Here’s the link. I sent my [...]

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Writing Well

June 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Writing well is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The key word in that sentence is, of course, “well.” I mean, I can always put words down on the page. I don’t believe in writer’s block in that fashion. “Writing” is easy. Writing well is a totally different thing. This morning I’m sitting here in [...]

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So Damned Close

June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

I thought I would finish Episode 8 today. I thought I had one chapter and an epilog to finish. In truth, I had two chapters and an epilog. Just shoot me, okay? Put me out of my freaking misery. [grin] That’s what happens when you change a character’s story and then build it back again [...]

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