A Russian immigrant’s musings on utopia

My friend and co-author, Marina Fontaine blogs about her upcoming story, Exile in the soon to be released MAGA:2020 & Beyond. When I first heard of a pro-Trump anthology intended to show the bright side of Trump’s election, I was curious about the concept, but had no thought of contributing. For one, stories of a… Continue reading A Russian immigrant’s musings on utopia

Coming Nov. 8, 2017…Dolus Magnus: The Great Hoax

The first time I heard the term, GIGO, was in my machine language class—no, we weren't using abaci or slide rules (we'd given those up the year before). It's an acronym that stands for "garbage in, garbage out" and it's meant to convey the simple idea, that no matter how good your algorithm, if the… Continue reading Coming Nov. 8, 2017…Dolus Magnus: The Great Hoax

Learning experience: The right way to do first person

I just finished reading Karen Marie Moning's Darkfever, the first book in her Fever series. Two things precipitated the purchase: recommendation from a friend and part of my continuing education (specifically following Dean Wesley Smith's advice to read for pleasure and then study the pleasurable reads from long-time, best-selling authors). Moning's Darkfever met both those… Continue reading Learning experience: The right way to do first person

More on serving the needs of drama

In fiction, flashbacks are scenes that take place in the past (i.e. not current/running story time) and some readers (supposedly) hate them so much they skip them. Here's a great "flashback" from L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, on "...the constant struggle between the efforts to entertain and the efforts to spread a message."  Even if you're the kind of… Continue reading More on serving the needs of drama