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Hard Work & Opportunity

November 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

As with most everything I have to say about art and writing, this is a long and meandering piece. I think it means something though. I think it gets somewhere. We shall see. I am going to use pretentious words like “art” and “artist” and other such muck-a-muck. If you are one of those TLDR […]

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Cultural snobbery and the genres

November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

As synchronicity would have it, I ran into two different bits today that have to do with cultural snobbery and the genres. The first is a blog entry by Mike Dunn, who is an aspiring writer who was literally chased from his love of Analog by the culture of friends he hung around. The second […]

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The Writer as Artist

November 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

“I’ve never thought of writing as being artistic.” I’m paraphrasing a little, but that was a friend of mine said during a conversation we were having a couple weeks ago. He’s a moderately new writer, meaning he’s been working on it for a while, but still has tons o’ questions and tons o’ worries and […]

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Two Hours of Sawyer

November 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

A little while back Roberta Laurie interviewed me for On Spec magazine, which is the really rocking Canadian small press that published my short story “Operation Hercules.” It’s a great publiciation. I suggest you read it. She asked me who some of my favorite authors are, and I started with Robert J. Sawyer. I think […]

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Podcast: Here’s the Thing

October 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

As I’ve noted in the past every now and again, I listen to a lot of podcasts during the afternoons when I walk, or work out, or go to the grocery, or do whatever non-writing thing I do to break from the creative/productive side of the day. I used to listen to a lot of […]

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Story Geeking

October 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

I spent yesterday giving three sessions as part of a workshop of local writers here in south-central Indiana. Since it essentially ripped the heck out of my normal Saturday, I’ve found that I’ve been reminding myself all day that this is Sunday. It was a fun workshop, though. I did a session on line editing, […]

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YEAG Kickstarter … uh … Kickstarts!

October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Well, this is pretty cool, eh? Today I get the remarkable pleasure of reporting that a kickstarter for The 2015 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide has gone live! This is a really remarkable project that I’m happy to be a part of. It’s a deeply inclusive work targeted to the middle grade levels. Your pledges can […]

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Survey Says!

October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A few weeks back, Myke Cole linked to a Reddit article that disclosed the results of a survey taken regarding piracy of authors’ works. Probably because I am an author, and probably because I geek out on behavioral science kinds of things, I thought the results were interesting as all get-out. Since I figure my […]

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Gabble Ratchet

October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s been awhile since I mentioned that I’m the brother of Gabble Rachet’s lead guitar player. Now I get to show you. This is a clip from their reunion gig of a week ago or so. Pretty danged cool. I present Jeff Collins on lead guitar…

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Top 10 Influences: #1 – Elric Stories, and The Eternal Champion Concept by Michael Moorcock

September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art, James Kilpatrick #4 – […]

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Top 10 Influences: #2 – Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison

September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art, James Kilpatrick #4 – […]

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Top 10 Influences: #3 – The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov

September 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art, James Kilpatrick #4 – […]

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#4 – Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop I by Barry B. Longyear

September 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

#4 – Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop I by Barry B. Longyear Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, […]

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Top 10 Influences: #6 & #5 – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway/The Writer’s Art by James Kilpatrick

September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #6 – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art by James J. Kilpatrick Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave […]

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Top 10 Influences: #7 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #7 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley There are those who say they hated reading […]

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Top 10 Influences: #8 – Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #8 – Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko I know, I know. This is not a single book. Sue me. When I […]

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Top 10 Influences: #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau

August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells I remember reading three books by H.G. Wells when I was a kid. The Time Machine was a fun book. […]

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Top 10 Influences: #10

August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Amy Sterling Casil recently pointed the “give us the top 10 books that influenced you” finger at me. I’m really glad she did, because until then I had seen the meme running around but hadn’t really thought about it in any great detail, and when you really take a minute to think about it the […]

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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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Interesting chart

July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

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

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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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Fixing Inconsistencies

May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Back in January I attended Confusion up in Detroit, and sat on a fun panel that was focused on discussing how to deal with inconsistencies in your work. I enjoyed this one because my panel mates (Kameron Hurley, Howard Tayler, Janet Harriett, Catherine Shaffer and Christine Purcell) were all pretty danged fun, and I learned […]

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Four Days in May hits Google Play

May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yes, my friends, it is true that Four Days in May is now available for Google Play users, too! I’ve updated the post below to reflect this, too. Will the wonders of today never cease!

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