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Rescue the Princess?

In 1983, having sold a couple of stories to science fiction magazines, I saw that I needed to write a novel. I had four or five file folders of notes and scraps for possible novels, ideas I had started and … Continue reading

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Revisions

Thinking out loud here. I have this mystery novel, still in manuscript but allegedly finished. I’ve been thinking that as soon as I get a couple of other projects uploaded to Amazon, I’ll hire a cover for this one, format … Continue reading

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An Object Lesson in Editing

At some point last fall, I was rather concerned about the inordinate length of my new novel. It was weighing in at 157,000 words, and I felt that I had to do something. Getting it trimmed down to a marketable … Continue reading

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When Heads Hop

The wisdom du jour among those who teach fiction writing is that one should not “head-hop.” Head-hopping is considered poor technique. I write today in defense of head-hopping. Not heedless head-hopping, to be sure. You should do it only when … Continue reading

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Alien Nation

All fiction arises out of myth. How could it be otherwise? The mythic archetypes with which our minds are endowed are what makes us human; without them, we wouldn’t even know who we are. Nor would we be able to … Continue reading

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Badly Informed

Rather to my surprise, I was awarded a bit of non-trivial prize money for placing well in this year’s IF Comp. This is the Interactive Fiction Competition; it’s for text-based games of one sort and another. There were a hundred … Continue reading

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Money

Let’s not mince words: The publishing industry is set up in such a way as to systematically cheat writers. A few highly successful writers rake in the big bucks, but most of us don’t. The sad part is, writers as … Continue reading

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Blank Check

You’re a writer. Naturally you’d like to see your book(s) published by a real New York publishing company. If you’re very good at what you do, and have a dose of luck on your side, you may be offered a … Continue reading

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Falling Stars

Back in the day (it’s been 50 years now — gawd!), I was a Jefferson Airplane fan. After Bathing at Baxter’s was the first rock LP I ever bought. I saw them at Fillmore West a couple of times. They … Continue reading

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Gawd…

One of the advantages of being retired is that I can spend a whole day chasing rabbits — intellectual rabbits, that is; I never leave my chair — if it pleases me. Yesterday a Facebook friend who is an ardent … Continue reading

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