Scary Stuff From the “What the Heck Was I Thinking?” Department

Today is October 31st (Halloween). Tomorrow is November 1st. Tomorrow also begins National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. I can thank (blame?) the illustrious (infamous?) Elemental Mom for encouraging me to attempt the challenge this year. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel during the month...

Judgement Day

You don’t say, “I’ve done it!” You come, with a kind of horrible desperation, to realize that this will do. Anthony Burgess A friend of mine was telling me why several of the projects around their house were not completed. I started thinking about all of the writing projects...

Taming the Muse

I was talking to a friend of mine earlier today who told me that she hadn’t had lunch yet because her “muse had her by throat”. I knew exactly what she meant. Muses appear generally benevolent to other people; writers know better. They are persistent taskmasters who demand nothing...

Writing as Work

“I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.” Doris Lessing Writing is hard...

The WorldCon 2006 Report: Saturday, August 26

10:00 amMistakes Writers Make Paying so-called agents a fee to represent them? Calling agents and editors every day to see how they like their novel? That ain’t the half of it. Come hear established writers and editors give you a heads up on things you should know better than....

The WorldCon 2006 Report: Friday, August 25

10:00 amGetting Started Writing SF – Part II Going from amateur to professional writer is a big step. How do you get started? In Part I, new writers gave you their advice. Today in Part II, editors and established writers give you theirs. Compare these expert’s answers with those...

The WorldCon 2006 Report: Thursday, August 24

10:00 amThe Look of “Star Trek” Rick Sternbach, long time Senior Illustrator and Technical Consultant for most all versions of Star Trek from the first film on, presents a slide show of his artwork for Star Trek. Rick Sternbach has worked “Star Trek” since “Star Trek: The Next Generation”....

The WorldCon 2006 Report

So, as I did in 2002, my birthday present to myself this year was a trip to the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon aka L.A. Con IV). Just for entertainment value, I’m going to summarize my impressions of the sessions I decided to attend. One of the problems with...

Growing Older But Not Up

There’s just something about a Jimmy Buffett song . . . But that’s a whole different post . . . Most days, I have to admit, I don’t feel my age. There are certain routines, I suppose, that come with being at a certain stage of one’s life: sleep,...

Book Values

The book value of an asset or group of assets is sometimes the price at which they were originally acquired (historic cost), in many cases equal to purchase price. (Wikipedia) When I was my son’s age, I received an allowance of $2.00 a week (provided that I did all...