Dance of Art and Story

Art inspires me. It’s part of the  reason I manage to write at all some weeks. Take last week. After many false starts, I came to Saturday and didn’t know what I was gong to write in this blog or in my story. I found a piece of art I wanted to use. (Sometimes I…

Swirling Chaos & the Writing World

I follow Kris Rusch pretty closely to learn  as much as I can about the writing business. I also support her on Patreon where she posts most of her blog entries prior to posting them publicly. A few are only available on Patreon. I read her latest post on the effect of large events on…

Return to Argosy

I’ve had several false starts with my short story of the week and now I’m facing tomorrow without even a story start that I want to write in. At times like this, I run back to my familiar worlds, Argosy and Thule. This is what having a well-developed world does for me. It provides ready-made…

A Matter of Taste

My first undergraduate program was English Literature because I wanted to write and thought that was my way in. We read all the greats and I tried desperately to like them, but most did nothing for me or I actively disliked them. Now for the short story intensive, I am reading them again: Hemingway, Welty,…

Using Trello for Project Management as a Writer

As I’ve noted before this year is filled with overlapping, non-linear projects and quite a bit of travel. Getting it all done will be challenging. Remembering every task that needs to be done is even more so. I discussed using Trello as my project management tool in December. I’m now about halfway through January and…

Learning Stories & Sales Copy

I haven’t talked too much about the education I’m undertaking this year, but I also have substantial plans in that realm. The first class of the year for me is Dean Wesley Smith’s Writing Sales Copy. I’m on the second week of the class. The first week of their classes are always devoted to history…

Short Story Intensive

In April I will be going to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Short Story Intensive in Las Vegas, which is my reward for working hard on short story craft throughout 2019. It is a five-day intensive workshop taught by Rusch and limited to just 15 writers. You have to be approved to get in. I can’t wait!…

Sweet and Hot

Short, sweet, and hot today, which is my way of telling you that I completed my first sex scene last night. By first, I mean first ever, despite years of trying. I am ridiculously pleased with myself. Even in my sex-obsessed twenties I couldn’t write a sex scene. To be fair, my problem then was…

Find Your Tribe

There are probably writers whose lives do not improve by spending time with other writers, but I don’t know any. It’s a facile idea that writing is a solitary profession. I don’t think it is for most writers. Check a writer’s biography and you find other writers. Even the famously reclusive Emily Dickinson maintained friendships…

Morning Tornados

At 5am this morning a tornado ripped through Memphis waking us up and sparking tornado alarms. As I crouched in the hallway with heavy winds buffeting the house (my room is the one most likely to have a tree fall on it) all I could think was, “Oh no! What if the house is smashed…