Never Clear Your Schedule

Despite its never having worked, ever, I frequently do this: This works much better:   Punishing yourself doesn’t work.  Did you eat all your veggies when your parents made you stay at the table until you did?  Me neither.  I stayed up all night in a cold kitchen, and I actually like peas. It’s not […]

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How Not To Be A Writer

“I’ve got to be writing.  I have a few ways to make sure I can carve out time. Part One: Neglect everything else” -David Mitchell (quoted in The Atlantic.) Like most writers, I don’t write enough.  I have a goal to write one hour every day. I have met that goal two days out of […]

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The Dangers of Fairy-o-typing

When I was a wee elementary school girl, I would make “books” by stapling together folded typing paper.  I would compose a story with illustrations to fit the number of pages provided. I vividly remember this one story I did. Lisa and the Fairy by Marie Vibbert, age 8* Once Upon a Time there was […]

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Invisible Vases

“The whole point is you’re making this beautiful, invisible vase.”  –Kim Stanley Robinson at Clarion 2013. These words have stayed with me since I heard them last summer. The first draft of a story is rather like putting clay on the wheel. It’s… fast. You have this SHAPE now. You know it’s not done, yet, […]

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The Submission Process

Step One: Write a story Step Two: Submit story Step Three: A Magical Transformation Occurs the Moment the Mailbox Closes Step Four: Get Hopes Up ie, 8 weeks of ridiculous statistical analysis. Step Five: Receive Results 99% of the time:     1% of the time: Step Six: Return to Start   by

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