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Speculative Microfiction

April 2, 2015 by

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Under the leaves the Beast waits singing Oh Joy to the Blood to the Keening the Pain Under the Rain the Feast waits gleaming, lost in the Forest preening dirt from his breathing Beast cleans the Feast from her Teeth red with bleeding, waits near the Nest she saw fall from the Stars ‘Til somewhere […]

Book Review: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

January 17, 2015 by

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ishiguro writes literary fiction layered heavily over a solid sci-fi plot that shines through only faintly–which is why he’s such a literary darling, and one of my favourite authors. “Never Let Me Go” captured my childhood exactly: I went to a British […]

Livetweeting Dinosaur Erotica, Collected

December 14, 2014 by

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That time I read dinosaur erotica and tweeted a lot about it. Dinosaurs, cocks, and clogs!

How I Got My Agent

October 15, 2014 by

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If this blog were a kitten, I’d be the worst person on earth. I haven’t fed it in months. God, what a horrible mental image. Wipe it from your brain! (thusly:) Things have happened: I’m represented by the superlative Melissa Nasson at Rubin Pfeffer Content now, so I’ve been squeezing as much writing out of my […]

Philosophy of Writing – 21 – The Worst Kind of Feedback

September 16, 2013 by

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I don’t ask for constructive criticism; I ask for honesty. It’s my prerogative and responsibility to sort the useful feedback from the rest. A bit of advice: if you expect a specific type of return, you’ll be disappointed. But there’s feedback that makes me utterly wretched, you too — when it skips over useful and […]

Philosophy of Writing – 20 – Plotto

April 25, 2013 by

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I am friends with a few people of the professional writerly persuasion (the sort of people I can’t be close friends with because I’m in awe of them a bit too much and sometimes I’m terrified of sucking-up even though I don’t think I’m sucking up — anyway, you didn’t start reading this to hear even […]

Philosophy of Writing – 19 – Drafting

April 10, 2013 by

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I’m on lorazepam and I’m listening to Liz Phair. In a few hours I have an important phone call to make. I want to use that intermediate time to write. Drafting is a sumbitch. How to Draft Make the decision frequently enough to write some words on the same topic, one word after the other. ~~~~~ […]