Monthly Archives: December 2020

Fiction Reading: An Appetite for Love

This piece of flash fiction originally appeared in Sybil’s Garage Issue Five.

Posted in video | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Guest Post: Verity Player’s Fiendish Bean-Dish by C L Spillard

Verity Player’s Fiendish Bean-Dish “Oh, brilliant! What shall we bring?” Verity and her husband Sacha—and any of their family friends—will never have a host cook all alone. This is the dish they brought round to the Meiers’ for the first ‘do’ at … Continue reading

Posted in guest post, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fiction Reading: Planet Crabby

This piece of flash fiction originally appeared in Asylum Magazine in 1990 and is the first piece of fiction that I published that was not in a school literary magazine or genre magazine.

Posted in video | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Fiction Reading: Red Boot Blues

This is a short story that is a fairytale mash-up done for the anthology, Upon a Once Time, from Air and Nothingness Press. It combines two Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, “The Red Shoes” and “The Girl Who Trod on … Continue reading

Posted in readings | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Story Talk: Story Structure

I don’t believe that the standard form we get told all stories come from is the only one an author can use. In this video, I talk about some alternate plot structures and why I think an author should be … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Useful Gifts for Writers: The 10% Solution by Ken Rand

his is the most useful book on writing I have ever found, and it’s the only one I will actually buy to give to people. I ended up writing the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition, because I know the publisher and, well, I’ll let that introduction tell its own story. The “Patrick” referred to in it is Patrick Swenson, the publisher who owns Fairwood Press. Continue reading

Posted in reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Useful Gifts for Writers: Various Kinds of Notebooks

Buying a notebook for a writer? There’s so many to pick from, and you can opt for the one that best suits your recipient’s writerly type.

Posted in selling things | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fiction Reading Lonesome Trail

This originally appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Issue number three, Spring 2006. The piece of music referenced is Lucia Hwong’s “The Spell”.

Posted in video | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Useful Gifts for Writers: Bookplates

With 2020’s vicissitudes, I haven’t been doing any book signings this year. I suspect 2021 will be much the same, which is one reason I’m getting book plates made for some of those upcoming books: one for the Tabat books, … Continue reading

Posted in selling things | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Using SFWA Effectively for Book Publicity

People sometimes ask whether or not the membership fee for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America is worth it. I think it is, but mileage will vary. That mileage is certainly dependent on how effectively you use it. … Continue reading

Posted in blogging | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment