Category: Making a Writing Life

My new collection Bad Gurus, is available for pre-order, shipping September 1!

This is the link to the ebook preorder page. The book will be discounted in pre-order by a buck, so it’s only 4.99 for a novel length collection of stories from the top magazines in the SF field, Asimov’s, F&SF,

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One More Thing about Grandmaster…

I did my research on that time period by reading two books; The Futurians by Damon Knight, and The Way the Future Was, by Fred Pohl, and then I just scrambled and reinvented various anecdotes to create my mythical C.L.

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What my Story Grandmaster in Analog was about…

So the reviews are creeping in for my story Grandmaster in the current March / April issue of Analog, and they fall into two camps. Pretty good story, moving, not sure who this character is supposed to be. I found

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I am not the Singularity

I’ve been thinking about the singularity, or post-humanism, using any number of historical and personal anecdotes as metaphors to conjecture wildly about a world that many futurists see thirty years in the future. Of course, this world has been thirty years away

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Head Up His Ass

A quick note, some conversational typing, before I go out and do something more substantive, hopefully. I lost a friend, or discovered I’d not had him for years and hadn’t noticed, a few months back, a writer I knew from

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To Begin Again

I’m working at Darwin’s today, a local coffee chain; nice decor, all dark wood and exposed brick, sporting the usual assortment of artisanal ten dollar sandwiches and excellent coffees. Eighteen years ago I knew the owner’s wife; we both had infant

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News Poisoning

Everybody knows what food poisoning feels like. Two exits; no waiting. Retching, dry heaves, misery, which you know will resolve in a day or two most likely. Since the election, many creative people have been suffering from News poisoning, with

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To Read Like I was Fourteen Again

I hated middle-school with a burning passion. I have never been, before or since, that unhappy. That unhappiness had an upside; I could read a book a day. The ability lasted for several years, say, a thousand books. I escaped into books,

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Attracting Attention to Yourself

When I was in college in the 80s we had a friend named Joe, a guy of Italian extraction from New Jersey; short, muscular, with a harpo-marx hairdo and a devilish smile, quiet but with a wicked and odd sense

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The Joy of Writing

Just a quick note, before I go for my walk and sit at my cafe and get some words down, on how happy I am to have had the time in my life for writing, and how much I appreciate

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