Keeping Up With the Jetsons

A friend of mine was reminiscing about travel. “We didn’t travel much as a family, growing up,” he said. “We went once to California, once to Washington, once to Florida…” DUDE, I thought, you travelled a LOT.  That’s three once-in-a-lifetime trips before you were an adult! I have never heard anyone talk about family vacations […]

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Why Every Month Can’t Be National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month.  In case you are fortunate enough not to have heard of this phenomenon basically it is a pledge to finally sit down and write that novel you were always going to, all in one mad dash for one month. The official goal is to write 50,000 words – which […]

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Deshaun Flies Again

So I decided to enter the IF Comp (The Interactive Fiction Competition) again this year, having tried it last year and come in next-to-last place – I got outvoted by unfinished games! This time I started late, more or less on whim, with only days to submit an idea before the deadline. I thought I’d […]

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Award Eligibility Post

Hey guys. Guess what, it’s Awards Season for us Science Fiction Writers and so a lot of people will be writing these here “Award Eligibility” posts where they list and link their stories that are eligible for professional awards – that is, stories that appeared in SFWA-Approved markets for the Nebula and, um… well the […]

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Forgive Your Monsters

Mild spoilers for two movies and Steven Universe below. This week I saw two movies that dealt with childhood bullying.  One was Naoko Yamada’s A Silent Voice and the other was J. A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls. Both show middle-grade children getting bullied, but their points of view are almost exact opposites.  A Silent Voice […]

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When Genre is Character

I’ve written before about how genre is a set of expectations.  Those expectations can be set for the reader when they see the author’s name, or when they enter a certain section of the bookstore, or see the cover art.  Titles, back cover copy, the first sentence – all of these set up promises to […]

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Assumptions

So, I wrote this story with a black, inner-city protagonist. I based her on a friend of mine and like that friend she is compassionate and witty and willing to do anything for the people under her care. In an early scene in the story, she describes a boy “as prim and proper as a […]

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