On fidelity in world-building

It's hard to create a new world, complete with languages, people, and the minutiae that separates the reality that is our planet and its history. In a recent population analysis of GoT, Lyman Stone drills into deathly detail on how impossible George RR Martin's world is. Marshall Ryan Maresca has written scads of posts on worldbuilding (here's just [...]

I Tried Valerian…

...And it wasn't even as good as the herb. Couldn't make it past... I don't even know where it was. This was Vulcan crystal paper with pink rock candy for the eyes, and lobotomy needles for the mind. I'd resisted the chorus of boos and hisses—I mean, 5th Element director! And the main (human) characters [...]

From the bottom of the writing/critiquing well…

I'm watching other writers and their blog posts. Some are regular as clockwork—it's part of their marketing campaign, their name branding, and they've got more time (and definitely more discipline) to keep on that track. I'll need to do it as well—just not yet, please. Speaking of discipline, I've talked with a whole bunch of [...]

Published in EDF! And a great workshop, too!

I was randomly checking my Submittable site and noticed that, hey, one of my flash fiction pieces got published! Best Shot is a dystopian snapshot of future warfare in Israel. Oh, the happy places I go to when writing... Check out EDF site (click their logo on the left) and ready great short pieces every [...]

WIP Screen

Just a quick upload before Yom Kippur. My protagonist is an ultra-Orthodox (Misnaged) homicide detective. It's fun to weave the Yiddishized syntax along with Yiddish into the manuscript. I've ranted against Scrivener for years, but I don't have the time to write something better. It's mostly flaws with some good features, but not intuitive enough [...]

Why Charlottesville 2017 is not Berlin 1933

This is my professional blog. I had non-professional blogs once; Facebook takes care of that need now. I do a lot of tongue-biting when something happens in the world and I’ve got this (rather unbully) pulpit from which to vent. However this is a topic that should appear everywhere, in every possible setting, for discussion [...]

Critiquing and Paper Cuts

I'm lucky to live in a city where there are overlapping supporting circles of writers in every possible genre. I'm involved in a few writing groups, including an invite-only one, the venerable and awesome Slug Tribe (that just got a great write-up in the Austin Chronicle), as well as occasionally hitting a Meet-Up group every [...]