Good versus Talented

“Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind—vividly, forcefully…” — Samuel R. Delany, About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews

Choosing Your Paranormal Creature

This post was originally written for the Paranormal Romantics blog. Vampire or werewolf? Demon or elf? Ghost or ghoul or unknown creature that goes bump in the night? One of the earliest decisions most writers make when conceptualizing a novel is the characters. When writing a paranormal, one of the most important aspects of character […]

Steampunk Leather

Professor Maelstromme’s Steam Laboratory and Brute Force Studios were at Arisia this year, and kindly allowed me to take a few photos for my blog. Here’s the Good Professor’s blog: “Incorporating mildly dangerous artifacts into compelling jewelry”. I didn’t get a chance to meet her in person.Behold the steam-robot. This picture is my favorite because […]

Siegfried Sassoon, "At Carnoy"

At Carnoy Down in the hollow there’s the whole Brigade Camped in four groups: through twilight falling slow I hear a sound of mouth-organs, ill-played, And murmur of voices, gruff, confused, and low. Crouched among thistle-tufts I’ve watched the glowOf a blurred orange sunset flare and fade; And I’m content. To-morrow we must go To […]

Google Grab – Tom Purdom, Guest Blogger

Please welcome my guest, science fiction author and music critic Tom Purdom. # On January 20th I attended the New York workshop on the Google settlement conducted by the National Writers Union and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. The main speakers were Lynn Chu, agent and lawyer, who opposes the agreement; Paul Aiken […]