I got the following email today. If you recall, a year ago I put up a scientific survey for an actual scientist friend of mine. (I’ve toured his lab, he is doing some crazy Matrix brain stuff in there). He is doing some fantastic work though, which has the potential to help millions of people.… via… Continue reading Turn yourself into a lab rat… For science!
I understand word count limitations. I really do. After administering a contest, how could I not? First, you have to be able to do an apples-to-apples comparison, and second, there are still--despite numerous sacrificial offerings consisting of REM cycles, fluffy cotton sheets, and clock parts--only 24 hours in a day. So here I am, happily… Continue reading When words don’t add up
While we were in Lost Wages--I mean, Las Vegas--last week, I got a publication offer. I signed the contract today AND I'm putting the finishing touches on an urban fantasy short story. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, aimed at UF tropes, and courtesy of a few half-days stuck in a hotel room.
Rabbit holes lead to plot bunnies. Plot bunnies are good. At least they make for some interesting reading.
K.M. Weiland's website has been so useful to me as a writer that I decided to make my own little contribution to her Story Structure Database with my favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard. Her book on structure has been invaluable for diagnosing story problems.
An excellent piece on the state of writing. “Why won’t they love me?!” It’s said that schadenfreude is an unworthy sentiment. But after reading this tearful piece, I must confess that my schadenboner is prodigious. Fe… Source: Poor little rich girl
Lance Lockjaw, our intrepid hero (cue generic hero image, cape optional), has a problem. The problem requires some super duper clever solution, but let's keep it simple. A micro-meteorite has punched a hole in Lance's ship and he needs to plug it so that everyone doesn't die a horrible death. Do we make the story… Continue reading Lance Lockjaw and the problem of sci-fi
This is one of those things that everybody knows, right? You've known since kindergarten. White sheet of paper. Yellow crayon. No problem. I know it's so because I've lost count of the number of times that I've read about "Earth's yellow star." It's one of those things we take for granted or that we take… Continue reading The color of the Sun
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