One Cool Morning

Life is pretty danged cool this morning. First, I decided I needed to make some small changes to the structure of the book I’m working on. The story involves subliminal travel (as well as some FTL travel, but that’s not relevant to this conversation). This meant I got to spend two hours playing with time […]

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Picking up the Pace

Things are definitely moving faster now that I’ve gotten through my tussle with the two pilots. I’ve winged through four chapters this morning, and will probably get a couple more before my brain starts to fade. Easily crossed the halfway point of the book, and I now suppose it’s possible I might actually complete the […]

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Easy Writing

Okay, here is a sentence I never thought I would ever type. I’m finding Frank Sinatra music is easy to write to. Yes, me. Frank Sinatra. Got a problem with that? I guess it’s all those 4-4 beats and jaunty melodies, but it just kind of keeps the fingers going–at least it did this morning. […]

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Lesson Learned

Okay, I’ve learned a bit of a lesson. The idea of splitting a short story out of a novel is great, and all. But let me tell you that the process can be a bit of a pain in the backside. The sub-plot story of my two pilots is rounding into shape, but the process […]

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Submission Paralysis?

I’m not really a new writer, but with my break in service I get to do a bit of an imitation of one. With the announcement that Asimov’s is accepting electronic submissions, I thought it might be worthwhile to talk about the current state of the submittal game things today vs. where it was a […]

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Tobias Buckell Makes Time Fly

After a very brief writing stint this morning, we went to the gym for our traditional three-hour torture test. Among the items I spent the time listening to this time was A Jar of Goodwill, by Tobias Buckell. It’s just been published in audio form by Clarkesworld this month. It’s a really nice piece that […]

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Day Off, Day On

Two early morning meetings for my real job put the brakes on any real progress yesterday, so I decided to take the day off from word creation. This represents the first day I haven’t created words in probably a month. I’m not sure, really. I should probably be tracking it. Regardless, today I jumped back […]

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Zombies, Grass, and Other Fancy Stuff

I admit I’m not an expert in the field of zombie stories, but I’ve got to think Maureen McHugh’s The Naturalist is a really outstanding example. For those of you who mow the lawn with self-propelled push mowers, here’s a little learning I had last night…when the self-propeller dies, those things are a pain in […]

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Piecing Things Together

I pulled all the threads of my “pilot story” together to look at them as a stand-alone short story. Strangely, they came up to–you got it–right at 9,500 words. I seriously wonder if I’m ever again going to write a story that doesn’t weigh in at something other than 9-12K. This was an interesting process, […]

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