Streaks

Today Seth Godin writes about the value of streaks, which he says are about learning and building habits. Real progress comes not from measuring ourselves against everyone else’s pace, but in building habits. And habits come from streaks. –Seth Godin Dean Wesley Smith also talks frequently about the value of streaks as a secret to productivity….

Getting Cozy With Writing

Joyce Carol Oates, Dean Wesley Smith, and a host of other writers recommend typing the first scene (or a scene you want to learn from) of one of your favorite books. They claim that it helps your subconscious learn how to write. It’s similar to artists copying from master paintings in the Louvre. They aren’t…

Wrestling with Monsters

I’m attracted to monsters when I do art, to people struggling against larger forces. But when I write I avoid the monstrous. I slash my eyes away from anything that is horrific and scary. I love reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden series, which is all about hard choices and monsters. In fact, if you looked through…

Fitness, Food, and Health

My sister is a yoga teacher and physical therapy assistant. My husband is an ultrarunner. My mother is slim, active, and healthy in her 80s. You’d expect with all those good examples in front of me that I’d be much the same. But I’m not. I struggle. Some folks asked in a private group about…

Endurance Through Challenge

I finished my latest short story, the first for 2020, and sent it in to Dean. A time travel story called “Double Exposure” it follows a Time Rescue Service team trapped in the Arctic. It’s a good yarn. I think it conveys that doomed Arctic tone that so many of the stories of exploration have….

Money and Life

Mr. Money Mustache has a great post summing up his decade with three pieces of wisdom. And that reminded me of what a blessing his blog was in my life. I found his post called The Shockingly Simple Math of Early Retirement at a point I really needed some hope. Work wasn’t going well for…

Thoughts from ShadowCon

I went to ShadowCon last night and will do so again today once I’ve finished enough work on my short story. As is often the case, the value of conventions to me is in the people I meet and interact with. ShadowCon is a small casual convention that used to include a bellydance hafla, but…

Musing on Book Launches

I woke up this morning to a friend’s book launch, several book birthdays, and to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s post on book birthdays and why writers shouldn’t do book launches. It was a bit of cognitive dissonance. First, I’m thrilled for my friend. Writing a book is no small thing and publishing is another ball of…

Processing Stories

I have a few days of solitude in which to work intensively this week. My plan is to start going through my list of stories and send them out. I have 32 science fiction or fantasy stories in that pile. I like 24 of them. That will be the first stack I’ll send out in…

2019’s Short Stories and January’s Plans

It took longer to compile the list of my short stories and write descriptions than I anticipated, but here it is now. This is the list of all the short stories written in 2019. I’m incredibly pleased that there are 40. Because it is a long list and this is a blog post, I thought…