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I have been remiss about blogging, and I thought I’d like to share some of the stuff I’ve enjoyed lately. I do want to start by pointing out there’s just a couple days left on a Storybundle that includes my … Continue reading →
Writing is inherently frustrating, because it’s a process of condensing imagination into prose–taking countless colours and dimensions of dreaming and stripping them down to a few crude black and white stick drawings that readers can expand back in their own … Continue reading →
Last week, Argentina’s largest literary prize, sponsored by the government through the National Arts Fund, announced that it would only accept science fiction, fantasy and horror entries this year. All hell broke loose immediately. In some cases, there were people … Continue reading →
When Lack of Social Grace Crosses the Line An autistic responds to “The Shealy Logs” (Burgin Mathews, No Depression, Spring 2020) In “The Shealy Logs,” Burgin Mathews relates the story of John Shealy, who created decades of logs of performances … Continue reading →
Guest Post: Michael R. Underwood on Five Tips for Cultural Worldbuilding Without Building a World Bible
Worldbuilding can be an intimidating part of writing science fiction/fantasy, whether it’s an epic fantasy or a distant far-future space opera. There are many ways focusing on worldbuilding first can go awry, chief among them the possibility that worldbuilding becomes … Continue reading →
Wow, it’s been a long time since I last checked in. By now, pandemic existence seems somewhat normal. We have masks, plastic gloves, and sanitizer by the doorway; we’ve been out for fast food maybe once a month and felt … Continue reading →
In my prohibition-era, urban fantasy novelette, Water of Life, investigator Sean Joye searches the Southern Illinois hill country for Caleb, a missing moonshiner. His trek, beyond a flooded river and through a forest bristling with ice and fae ill intent, leads him … Continue reading →
I haven’t offered my short story workshop in about five years but I am going to do so in July/August, and there will be an application/selection process. I know that the international folks get cheated by the times often, so this quarter I will be offering two sections during the day. (If I decide to teach it again next quarter I will offer two sections, one on the weekend and one in the evening.) Continue reading →
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