Previous Posts: December 2016

A World Awaited And A World Attained Dept.

To ring out the old (and busted) and ring in the new, I share with you a note penned just after WWII. I think you will find it as fitting as I did....


To ring out the old (and busted) and ring in the new, I share with you a note penned just after WWII. I think you will find it as fitting as I did.

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Tags: history philosophy sociology


Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: 2016 And All That Dept.

One last wrapup.


Other, better folks than I have dealt with all that has happened over the past year — the political chaos that only thickens, the deaths of many generational idols, the whole bit. Me, I'm trying to stay focused. Here's some rundown on the what-it-is on my end:

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Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned Mercury CMS projects real life Welcome to the Fold writing


Inexpertise Dept.

On the idea: "It was better when I didn't really know what I was doing."


I've come to believe most any writer has periods when they say to themselves, "It was better when I didn't really know what I was doing."

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Tags: Cecil Taylor creativity Lester Bangs Robert Rauschenberg


Halt And Catch Fire Dept.

"PC" stands for "Persnickety Computer."


It's a good thing I got up early yesterday morning, because I lost nearly an hour of my day when my computer sullenly decided not to boot.

Actually — boot, nothing. The blasted thing wouldn't even POST.

Given that this machine is a custom-built job that cost me upwards of a thousand dollars, I was not looking forward to the idea of replacing it the week before flipping Christmas.

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Tags: computers technology


Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: Conversations (And Proversations) Dept.

With any story, it takes time to "get the conversation" about the story.


Last night I was talking shop with a friend about Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned, during which I spoiled for him some aspects of the ending. (I won't repeat them here. Keep reading, you're safe.)

We were discussing how I had gone from just having a high concept for the story to eventually realizing what it was about, and how the construction and contents of the story could do that justice. This wasn't something that happened all at once; it took a good deal of batting around, some arguing with myself on paper.

The way my friend put it is worth quoting: "It takes time to get the conversation."

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Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned ideas writers writing


Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: Hot Off The Presses Dept.

New books o' mine! And some old ones, too!


I haven't said much lately about the release schedule for current and future books of mine, so here's some catch-up in that department.

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Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned Palace of the Red Desert Perfect Skin Summerworld Welcome to the Fold writing


Let's Do It Again (And Again, And Again) Dept.

"When audiences clamor for a sequel, what they’re really doing is expressing their enthusiasm for the movie they just saw."


Robert Zemeckis on sequels:

Roger Rabbit Sequel Won't Happen, Director Explains Why

Most sequels, you’re behind the eight-ball on them. When audiences clamor for a sequel, what they’re really doing is expressing their enthusiasm for the movie they just saw. And that means they’ll have a love-hate relationship with whatever comes next, because they want it to be the same movie, but different. If it’s too similar, they don’t like it. And if it’s too different, they really don’t like it. There’s nothing more difficult.

Emphasis mine.

I think I've told this story before, but here goes. My feelings about sequels, like my feelings about almost everything creative, can be dropped into one of two buckets: the feelings I have about other peoples' work, and the feelings I have about my own work.

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Tags: creativity creators Robert Zemeckis sequels



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