Monthly Archives: May 2009

Generosity

Working my way through Sheri Tepper’s The True Game. It’s a big novel, and for a week or so I was bogged down in the middle, but then I thought, okay, I’ll try reading one or two more chapters. It … Continue reading

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Driver, Putter, Wedge

Since almost nobody actually reads my blog, I figured I’d tell the whole¬†story without too much tiptoeing through the tulips. The story is, I’ve been asked to write a review of the new Steinberg/Yamaha music production suite for Keyboard, and … Continue reading

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Exposure

I’ve been thinking I’d like to teach a class this fall in writing interactive fiction. The public library doesn’t seem to be interested, so my next thought was to rent classroom space at the local arts center. This center is … Continue reading

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Compassion

Talking with a friend today about compassion. Her view is probably closer to Tibetan Buddhism than mine. Seems to me compassion ultimately boils down to an awareness of how it all is. By “all,” I mean life, death, the universe, … Continue reading

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Things Being What They Are

Today a question came up on rec.arts.int-fiction about writing descriptions of objects. I realized I had some slightly more than half-baked ideas about this. Here’s how I look at it, in a nutshell: 1) Visualize the object clearly. Notice the … Continue reading

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Detritus

In theory, I have a filing system. In practice, stuff tends to pile up. Especially in the region of my desk. Receipts for things that I no longer remember buying. An opened package of D batteries. A printed-out copy of … Continue reading

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Metaphors Be with You

Lately I’ve been feeling rather at loose ends. Adrift. Unfocussed. Craving something, but unsure what it is. And there you have four different metaphors with which to describe an internal condition that does not in fact partake of any of … Continue reading

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For Further Reading

Skimming through the latest copy of Locus (a leading magazine for science fiction and fantasy writers) always makes me want to rush out and buy about 20 books. Because I’m on a budget, though, I tend to get novels from … Continue reading

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The Pull

Thinking vaguely about writing another novel. Not sure I want to go into the gory details of why I’m thinking about it. Having written half a dozen novels (two of them published) over the past 25 years, I have at … Continue reading

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Interactive Stories

As paper gives way to electronic forms of information delivery, the potential audience for interactive fiction is going to grow. But for a potential audience to turn into an actual audience, we’re going to need some interactive stories that are … Continue reading

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