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...

Checking One’s Baggage at the Door

“For me, writing something down is the only road out.”Anne Tyler “Building Baby Brother” is one of the few stories that I have written from the first-person perspective. I tend to avoid writing in first person because I am well aware of my tendency to identify with the viewpoint...

Mid-life Kicker

(For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “mid-life kicker” refers to a marketing effort designed to boost sales of a product in the midst of its lifecycle before a new version of it is released.) Much ado has been made of over the concept of the “mid-life crisis”....

Detours Along the Artist’s Way

“Writers really take their worst shellacking from other writers.”E. B. White (On Writing [1990]) Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to this blog. I don’t have any good excuses, so I won’t bother to try to make up any. I have been properly chastized,...

Trying to Make Reason out of Rhyme

As my son progresses through early adolesence, I worry about all of the things that I think most parents worry about—school work, grades, girls, whether he might grow up to be a Republican—things like that. Every once in a while, he hits me with one not even remotely on...