Monthly Archives: January 2009


It’s been a long while since I read much fantasy or science fiction. Bad attitude is mainly to blame. But this week I’ve developed a serious craving to renew my familiarity with the Dark Arts. Ordered a stack of novels … Continue reading

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Lessons in How to Be Offensive

The Internet is a strange place. I got an email from one Russell Moran, who apparently operates a teaching studio for budding musicians in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He wanted to exchange links with one of my cello teaching pages. … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing

A friend is encouraging me to teach an eight-week workshop in writing science fiction and fantasy. Since I have some modest credentials in that field and could use a little extra money, it’s natural to consider the idea. I already … Continue reading

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On Rails

I’ve been thinking about (sketching, actually) a rewrite of a fantasy novel I wrote a couple of years ago. At the time, my agent wasn’t interested in marketing it, and I trust his judgment. I think I’ve figured out how … Continue reading

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Boring Sports

Sunday morning, and I’m on the treadmill at 24 Hour Fitness. Bank of TV screens up there. Always lots of sports on the screens, maybe not surprising. Sunday mornings seem to be the bottom of the sports barrel, though: Today … Continue reading

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The Future of Keyboard Magazine

Email arrived tonight¬†from Ernie Rideout tonight saying he has been laid off as editor-in-chief of Keyboard. Without disparaging in any way the awesome talents and unflagging energy of Steve Fortner, Michael Gallant, and Debbie Greenberg, it’s not easy for me … Continue reading

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Here Come Da Judge

I’ve joined a weekly Artist’s Way group.¬†We’re going through the chapters in the book one by one. Even after the first meeting, I could see changes happening in my approach to creativity — good changes. But you can’t always take … Continue reading

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