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When the website moved (July 2019) posts and comments of the previous 10 years could not be imported. However, a small selection of posts from that decade have been copied over.

If you like my stuff, read, comment, subscribe to the blog. You'll find blog posts on a variety of subjects, but since I'm an author it's perhaps not too surprising that there's a fair number of posts about writing, books, and authors. No book reviews, though: they're on my Patreon, along with other bookish posts and more behind-the-scenes posts about my books and characters, as well as large amounts of fiction every month. 

Dream It Up: Write It Down

This very short post below is something I posted to my writer’s group. After posting it, I decided to share it here, for the writers who follow my blog and the friends and fans who have been so supportive this year. I’m not the only one who has had a rough year, unfortunately… I’m taking a month off from writing beginning tomorrow. This is my annual time to relax and recharge. I really appreciate the support you all have given me this year. It has been a rough year for everyo

Insomnia for Authors

Don’t think about the book you’re writing. Don’t tell yourself that you’re just telling yourself a bedtime story. Don’t imagine extraneous scenes for characters in your book, complete with dialogue. Don’t delude yourself that you’re dreaming when your characters are doing all kinds of stupid things. You’re still writing in your head. Don’t think about the mosquito bites. Don’t scratch. Don’t itch. Don’t…Don’t imagine elaborate brand new backstories for characters in your next

Taking a Byte out of Creativity

This morning I read Slaves of the Internet Unite! It’s not the first essay of this sort I’ve read and I have no hope that it will be the last. In fact, I’m about to write a post very much like it…Because that op-ed piece is so (bafflingly) true. Writers and artists need more respect…and money. When you go to a restaurant you don’t expect them to give you free food…and bitch about them when they don’t. Nor do you expect or require stores to give you any merchandise that you li

Ray Bradbury, Technology, and Book People

When most people think of Ray Bradbury, they think of Fahrenheit 451, his famous novel of book-burning and censorship, the title referring to the temperature at which paper burns. When I was growing up I read mostly Bradbury’s short stories, of which he was a master, but I also read longer works such as The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes (which is better than the movie, though the movie does a decent job of it). By the time I hit my twenties I was alre