“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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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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Four Days in May is Released!

May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Print Version: via CreateSpace Print Version: via Amazon Smashwords: Multiple formats Amazon: Kindle Kobo: Multiple Formats Google Play: Epub   We know two things today. First, Ed Carpenter is on the pole for the Indianapolis 500. But more important, we know Four Days in May, The Greatest Spectacle in Science Fiction, is now available at [...]

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A Few of My Favorite Things

May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you’re like most people, you probably have a favorite number. Assuming you do, you probably have a perfectly logical reason for it even if that reason is crazy as all get out. Mine is 13. I think it started because my dad said he liked the number. I’ve always been influenced by him in [...]

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Two bits of good news!

May 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

I suppose I’m a couple days late in posting this here, but I’ve had a couple nice things happen that I suppose I should put here as a consolidation for those who don’t follow every bit of my online social presence (and WHY NOT?). First, I’m quite pleased to report that StarShipSofa has turned my [...]

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“Surviviors” published in Analog

April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m pleased to note that my short story “Survivors” is in this month’s issue of Analog magazine. It’s a fun story to me because it came about as the result of a challenge that Lisa Silverthorne and I did in the day before a writer’s workshop last year. It also starts with a set of [...]

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Two Interesting Things Thursday

March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have this habit of finding a link I think is going to be interesting, clicking on it, and then leaving it on my open tabs to get to whenever I have the time. Today I want to talk about two of these. The problem with this process, though, is that I lose track of [...]

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Fighting with my art

March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

This past January I was at a convention and sat on a panel with Sandra Tayler. Along the way she used a phrase that has stayed with me. She had been talking about her daughter, and about times when she was “fighting with her art.” That’s what I’m doing right now. My production plan says [...]

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Merry Clayton, the art of a background singer?

March 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Earlier this week I was listening to Radio Paradise when the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” came on. I’ve been a big Stones fan for a very long time, and “Gimme Shelter” is among my faves. One of the many things I like about Radio Paradise (beyond that it’s manually programmed and managed by two people who [...]

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Zelazny: The Dream Master

March 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

I recently finished reading Roger Zelazny’s The Dream Master, a 1965 Nebula award winner that I found tucked into a corner of Robert’s Bookstore in Lincoln City, Oregon. I haven’t read a ton of Zelazny in my life as a SF-follower, but I’ve been thinking a lot about him after a panel that I attended [...]

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Playing with First Line Poetry

March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Earlier this week I was listening to a podcast about Pulitzer Award winning author Toni Morrison. One of the speakers in the discussion had concocted a poem from the first lines of her novels. It was a fascinating thing, and it got me to wondering about my own work. So this morning, I sat down [...]

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Sharing a TOC with That Guy from Dune

March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Since Kevin Anderson just noted it on his own site, I suppose it’s fair game for me to mention another cool thing about the Pulse Pounders anthology that will be the home for my short story “Fraternization.” Yes, this is the one that will also have Brigid’s story “Frostburnt,” which already makes it the worlds’ [...]

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Kroger ads – It’s a non-male world :)

March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you follow me at all you know that I became a kept man about three months ago. By this, of course, I mean that Lisa makes the steady paycheck and I am working in this weird and unpredictable world of the freelance/on-spec writer. This also means that I do a vast majority of the [...]

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Doonesbury – But the Pension Fund Was Just Sitting There

March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

When we were in Oregon, we stopped at a place called Robert’s Books. It’s one of those used book stores from the heavens that get plopped down right at the corner of nowhere and Main Street and just reeks of the Fabulous. I came a way with a pair of books–Roger Zelazny’s The Dream Master, [...]

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A Workshop nears its end

March 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’ve been at Kris Rusch and Dean Smith’s Oregon Coast Anthology Workshop for the past week. It’s been an absolute blast, but also grueling. Imagine six full days sitting in a room with more than 40 writers and watching 4-6 editors go through manuscripts. Hours, and hours of it. Days and days of it. Quite [...]

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The artist’s career

February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

I met Lisa Silverthorne in the airport on our way to Portland, and since the plane was delayed by about a billion years we had lots of time to catch up a talk about a bunch of writing things. Somewhere in here we got on the topic of our writing careers—which is a term that [...]

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Good News Abounds

February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Here I am, taking a break from a huge reading stint that is sucking up pretty much every spare moment I have (about which, more will come later), to relay two pieces of very good news from the Ron Collins writing front. The first of which is that Abyss and Apex has informed me that [...]

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Make it mean something

February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’ve been reading Chuck Wendig’s blog with some interest the past few days as he’s been talking about publishing, the quality of stories, and how that all plays with the self-indie-whatever publishing crowd. It’s good stuff (though the standard rule of thumb seems to be that I should give you the “vulgar language enclosed warning–not [...]

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No time? Yeah, right.

January 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Before leaving my cushy corporate job to take on this life as a full time writer, I talked to a heard other folks who were doing this, and they all said the biggest problem they had was that there was never enough time to do all the things they needed to do. You’re at home, [...]

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This one’s for Lisa

December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you know me a little, you’ll know that I have this thing for baseball. It’s mathematics just sticks with me. 90 feet between the bases. Perfect. Differing home parks. Beautiful. Pitchers and hitters. Best match-up sport ever devised. I love other sports, too–college basketball in particular. But baseball is to be enjoyed at a [...]

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