2017 started slow, but time has really flown by this last month or two, especially while wrapping up the semester as a graduate student. Not to mention the mountain of grading (my day job is teaching history at the college level, so I've seen both sides of academic life). Suddenly it's summer. A day after … Continue reading Summer, Suddenly
Some look back over the year gone by to see what they achieved. I think that's a good idea. So, for 2016: Celebrated 18 years of marriage. Earned 12 credits toward my MFA for a total of 18 credits, 23 to go. (Accomplished one of my goals from January 2016!) Accepted to and attended Viable … Continue reading Looking Back, Looking Forward
I am so happy. December 5th, 2016 is a special day---it was the day I first had a short story published! "Satyrday Night Special" is live at Teleport Magazine. It feels good to have a publication credit to my name. Dreams do come true! I began writing in 2013 to make reality palatable---hiding in my … Continue reading Breakthrough
Please forgive the month long silence. I appreciate all of you who take time to read these posts and like them. Teaching and taking classes have really pulled me away from blogging and writing on various projects. And now, the semester is rushing toward an end. The pages in the day planner are dwindling. And, … Continue reading Crossroads
Viable Paradise (VP) was affirming, life-changing, leveling up, and all sorts of good stuff. I can say that despite sleep deprivation. If you are an aspiring fantasy or sci-fi writer, apply! I made new friends, and it was fantastic. We're all on this crazy and wonderful journey together. I've always thought writers should help and … Continue reading Post Paradise (Viable, that is)
For my loyal blog readers, let me apologize for the long absence. Summer and fall classes have eaten up valuable writing and blogging time. The experiences have been good---new information and craft techniques, new points of view. And one encounter really made me think. Another student insisted that fantasy was beneath my talents and would … Continue reading Follow Your Instincts
Carpe sagmarius! (Seize the summer!) That's been the motto for my writing life. A lot of editing and submitting have come out of it. And it's been worth it. Paradise has been gained! And by that, I mean Viable Paradise XX. Viable Paradise, that one week in October where two dozen hand picked hopefuls gather … Continue reading Paradise Gained
Every time I turn around, it seems, there's this raging debate about MFA or no MFA. Someone at my critique group asked me about it. Since attending a major name workshop in NYC, he'd wondered if more school might be good for improvement. Hence, should he go for the MFA? Short answer? No...and yes. I … Continue reading MFA or No MFA?
I have realized that the stories we tell ourselves can hold a lot of power. They can be a positive or negative force in our lives. Everyone has a personal narrative, whether they're aware of it or not. Those influence our feelings and actions. Cultures tell themselves stories. Origin stories, to explain why things are … Continue reading Stories We Tell Ourselves
There has been a lot of internet chat about creatives being expected to work for free, or for exposure. I attended a writers conference this weekend, where an editor made a good point. He pointed out that the query letter is a professional letter, because you have a product which needs to be sold. You … Continue reading Free or Reasonable?