Category - Writing

24
Jun

Speculative Fiction Needs Less Toxicity

This popped up in my feed this weekend: an article by Damien Walter titled “Genre Needs a Lot More Cruel and Nasty Reviews.” We need writers and reviewers like Priest who have the expertise and willingness to reflect back the problems in modern genre fiction. Because the problems are very real. Violence of the flattened, meaningless …

21
Apr

Writers Need Feedback

[G]iven their free time, [writing group attendees] (on their own) do not go to the bookstore and read the type of writing that you’re doing. Yet, you’re willing to listen to them either praise or rip apart (the more likely scenario) your writing as they tell you “this bores me” or “this doesn’t work for me.” …

1
Apr

Insomnium Retrospective

In early 2013, I was working on my first draft of Voyage Windbound. In many ways, that book will be the most difficult for me to publish. I lace all my books with my personality, my experiences, my worldview. You can certainly find bits of me in all my characters, perhaps some more than others. …

18
Mar

The Conundrum of Beauty

At 7:51 AM on January 12, 2007, a man walked into a subway station in Washington D.C. carrying a violin. For forty-odd minutes, he performed classical music as busy commuters rushed past him. Twenty-seven of those commuters gave him money, coming to a total of $32. Over one thousand people hurried past, either not too …

12
Mar

Better Judgment

There’s this thing I  keep hearing, especially from industry professionals, and since I consider myself at the professional stage, I feel it’s my duty to address this thing. Because I find it kind of gross. And here’s the thing. Even people whose opinions and presentation I wholly support and respect, they’re saying this thing, too. …

10
Mar

My Writing Process Blog Tour

You’ll remember Dan Thompson from my interview with him last year. Dan has numerous titles to his name, including The Caseworker’s Memoirs and Life is All But a Vast Array of Colours. I recently participated in the cover reveal for his upcoming novel Here Lies Love, and his young adult novel The Black Petal was …

6
Mar

Transitions

Hear that sound? Chirping crickets. Been kinda dead here, recently. Time to liven things up. I’ve got a lot of posts planned: an Insomnium cover reveal, a review of the second Saga graphic novel, and reviews of some comics from Northwest Press. The reason for my absence? I’ve been in the middle of a job …

13
Feb

On Handling LGBT Characters and Themes

I’ve hesitated for a long time about writing this post. It’s a collection of observations I’ve been sifting through. There’s not much discussion about these topics on the interwebs (at least that I’ve found). I know that LGBT characters and situations are more prominent in fantasy than in science fiction, so if you are aware …

11
Feb

The Cheapening of Life

The New Yorker released a fantastic article yesterday by George Packer titled “Cheap Words”. At the moment, [readers] are obsessed with how they read books—whether it’s on a Kindle or an iPad or on printed pages. This conversation, though important, takes place in the shallows and misses the deeper currents that, in the digital age, …

22
Jan

10 Tips for Improving Your Writing

The activity that has most helped me improve as a writer has been to edit other writers’ work. I’ve heard some writers bemoan this practice. They don’t want to take the time to read over lots of stories they know they won’t like, or which they’ll consider “poorly written.” But that self-assuredness has its cost: …

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