My daughter and I were talking recently about learning to drive. She’s very excited about it, at the same time concerned over getting it right, and we were talking about shifting gears. I don’t know, she told me, when I need to shift gears. And how many gears are there? Four, five? We got the… Read More Making a Gear Shift
Mirror-Posted at Mad Genius Club this morning Life is all about uncertainties. Fiction, on the other hand, is required to make sense, or your readers throw things (like your book) at you. I was contemplating this as I was driving today, loose ends, and the raveling up of said threads, taking the untidy things and… Read More Loose Ends
I’m reading a couple of novels written by new writers. I’m finding they share something that I have noticed before in debut efforts. I am trying to figure out how to express coherently what the impression they gave me was. My First Reader suggests that perhaps it boils down to ‘spending to much time on… Read More Stilted Writing
I attended a lecture on Ancient Mayan politics for another reason, but as I was jotting notes and listening, and seeing the power plays and culture unfold in my mind’s eye, it struck me that this particular polity would be a fascinating way to create a turn-key world in a fantasy or science-fiction story. Because… Read More Diving off Ancient Platforms
Cross-Posted at Amazing Stories Magazine I was getting all excited last night over the idea of making my next purse. I can work with leather, and I don’t want something that looks like what everyone else has, so… But as I went to bed and was mulling over everything I needed and this post I… Read More World Building: Who made that?