Ten Years of Writing

Ten years ago, right about now, in the lull between Christmas and New Years, something magical happened to me. There were no work deadlines, no personal emergencies and I was reading Ursula Le Guin’s collection of essays on fantasy and science fiction, The Language of the Night. One of the essays hit home for me and made clear what I love so much about speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy). The power it has to boldly …

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Seeing Forever Extended Sample

Some books are just yours. You know them when you read them. There’s something about them that speaks to you. Sometimes it’s a time and a place and an age you are and the books just sings to you. When I was first diving into fiction it was J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land–I couldn’t get enough. As I aged, new books came like Nancy Kress’s Beggars in …

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100 Rejections and Counting

Back in March I blogged about hitting 50 rejections for short fictions after close to two years of submitting. Well, now, about seven months later I have hit the big 100. The first 50 rejections took 2 years, the second took 7 months. What’s changed? Well I have a full enough pipeline to have 8 to 10 stories out to market at once. This has done a lot to speed up those rejections. This is …

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The Writers of the Future Contest – A Class Act

The Writers of the Future Contest (WOTF) is a class act. If you write speculative fiction (sci-fi or fantasy) and aren’t a pro, then do yourself a favor and submit. I have been sitting on this for a while, since it wasn’t public, but I recently got my second honorable mention  (2 honorable mentions in 3 tries).  This one is for fun sci-fi adventure novelette called “Ghost Hacker, Zombie Maker”. Here is what is classy about …

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Too Much To Do? Get Over It

So you got too much to do? Yeah me too. Sucks doesn’t it? The day is just never long enough, you can just never get to it all. It is frustrating and maddening. Right? You work all day, and having nothing left for yourself or your family when you get home. Your weekends are filled with doing what you couldn’t get done during the week. You would like to do something worth doing in the …

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The Psychology of Writing, Part 2: The Shock Box

If you missed it see: The Psychology of Writing, Part 1. Writer L.M May just did a fantastic blog post titled: Fiction Writers and Learned Helplessness. In it she  talks about some of the psychology behind what is happening in the writing world today with the indie vs. traditional publishing camps. The whole post is great, and well worth reading, but I want to focus in on one aspect. But first, go read it now. I’ll wait… …

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50 Rejections and Counting

On 3/18/2009 I submitted a story called “As I Shall at Death” to Flash Fiction Online. It was rejected, and that rejection was psychologically hard. Now, nearly two years later, I am around 50 rejections and counting for a total of 15 stories. I am not completely sure of that number, I have a spreadsheet that I track stories and markets on and track rejections and acceptances. The numbers on the two pages of the spreadsheet don’t agree …

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Somewhere Between Denial and Depression

I wrote the following last August the 12th as we struggled with our dear Emerson’s illness. We helped her on to the next life on about August 25th (I don’t remember exactly what day it was, and I don’t really want to.) I am posting this now because in looking back at it, there is something to what I was getting at, and mostly, because there is enough distance now that I actually can post …

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The Psychology of Writing, Part 1

Writing is hard… No, no, that’s not it. Writing is not hard; getting your writing read is hard. Hmm, that’s not exactly it either. Dealing with the rejection that goes with writing is hard. Actually dealing with success is hard too. It’s the psychological aspect of it you see. If you are trying to get traditionally published (and for short fiction, I definitely am) it is a strange, strange dance. You do your best writing …

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Finding the Time

Writer John Scalzi has a great post on finding the time to write: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/09/16/writing-find-the-time-or-dont/ It is written with his usual sharp pointed wit, and right on the money. Here are some of my favorite bits: “So will you please just shut the fuck up about how hard it is for you to find the time and inspiration to write, and just do it or not.” “Being a writer isn’t some grand, mystical state of being, …

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