Posts for 2018

No Humans Allowed (2018/07/21 08:00)
Once again: Whatever it is we're designing our world for, it isn't the human being.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 1: The Origins (2018/07/19 05:00)
How my new novel 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' began with a failed fan theory about 'The Matrix'.

Give It Away Now (July 17, 2018 Edition) (2018/07/17 05:00)
My sorta-kinda thriller/mystery novel Welcome To The Fold is available as a free giveaway, for a limited time, by way of Instafreebie!

The Uncertainty Principle (2018/07/16 08:00)
What did Bertrand Russell mean when he said, "Do not feel absolutely certain of anything"?

Watts Up (2018/07/15 08:00)
On how social-reading network Wattpad is becoming a hub for discovering the next big thing.

Court And Spark (2018/07/11 05:00)
It's the fate of most any creator to never know what their work means to other people, but only to themselves.

Psycho Fandom, Qu'est-ce que c'est? (2018/07/10 05:00)
Steve has some notes on pathological fandom that are worth a read. A few things stood out.

Warning! Progress! (2018/07/08 08:00)
Future Genji Press plans, laid bare! (Oh, and free stuff!)

How To Tell Me Something I Want To Hear (So I Can Just Ignore It And Move On) (2018/07/05 05:00)
On not caring what other people think of your work, while at the same time caring about your work.

It's X Meets Y, But With Z! (2018/07/03 05:00)
"There is no reading experience in an idea, only in its execution."

Reality Knocks (2018/07/03 08:00)
And loud.

Be Ye Not As Jerks (2018/07/02 08:00)
There is no guarantee of victory; there isn't even a guarantee of continuation. But you miss all the shots you don't take.

Farcebook (2018/07/01 08:00)
Notes on a single point of failure.

It Helps To Stay On Track (2018/06/29 06:00)
I made a pledge to myself to keep you in the loop. So, here's the loop.

The Long And Winding Game (2018/06/29 08:00)
We didn't get into this mess all at once and we're not going to get out of it all at once, either.

Ellison Wonderland (2018/06/28 05:00)
Harlan Ellison, whom I wrote about just the other day, has exited the building.

Axes For The Frozen Seas (2018/06/27 08:00)
A Kafka quote re-examined.

A Little Something (2018/06/26 01:00)

New Days Of Blood And Sorrow (2018/06/26 08:00)
"Revealed at Last! What Killed the Dinosaurs! And You Don’t Look so Terrific Yourself."

Solipsystem (2018/06/25 05:00)
On contempt for popular culture as an easy way out.

The Do-Over (2018/06/24 08:00)
What, I'm still editing the latest novel?! Well, yeah.

Look Upon My Works ... (2018/06/21 05:00)
The work should be about the making of the work.

Fixer Upper Insights (2018/06/19 08:00)
Some bits gleaned from the latest round of editing on my book.

The Paradox Of Limits (2018/06/15 08:00)
Maybe we need to speak of focus rather than limits.

Don't Write What You Know, Write How You Know It (2018/06/12 05:00)
Looking at two bits of reading and writing advice from Saul Bellow.

That Pile On The Nightstand (2018/06/11 05:00)
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.

No Second Guessing (2018/06/10 08:00)
More on why motives matter for creative work.

All The Things I Never Said (2018/06/09 08:00)
Most of my unpublished blogging simply isn't fit for public consumption. Here's what most of it is.

You're A DJ, Not A Librarian (2018/06/08 05:00)
You don’t ever write a story, you just write part of one.

What's In A Title? (2018/06/05 08:00)
The less the better, paradoxically.

A Checklist Manifesto For One (2018/06/01 08:00)
"What do I do when I have too many ideas and can’t finish any?"

Spotless Mirrors, And All That (2018/05/31 08:00)
The editing and rewriting process for any of my books always exposes me to the same dilemmas.

Owning Your Boredom (2018/05/30 08:00)
A redux of the old question: what's so bad about being bored?

Obzacktivism (2018/05/29 06:00)
"The other, of course, involves orcs."

Fretwork (2018/05/28 08:00)
On the difference between thinking and worrying, and on worrying as a virtue signal.

Enlightenment NOW!!! (2018/05/27 05:00)
The desire for something quick is not itself wrong.

A Better Beta (2018/05/21 08:00)
On giving, getting, and using good feedback on your work.

Moral Men And Immoral Societies (2018/05/17 08:00)
"The very ordinariness of human life seemed a kind of original sin, the sin of not being extraordinary enough to recognize and resist evil."

The Unfinishing Touches (2018/05/16 05:00)
On imperfection in creative work.

Advertisement(s) For Myself (2018/05/10 08:00)
On confronting my uneasy feelings about self-promotion.

Press Pause (2018/05/07 05:00)
The next week and change I won't be around much.

What We Do In The Shadows (2018/05/06 01:00)
On ramping up from an audience that can be counted on one hand.

I Owe You Some News (2018/05/02 08:00)
A short briefing on happenings at Chez Genji as of May 2018.

Liquid Sky (2018/05/01 08:00)
The original new-wave (maybe also no-wave?) film, with its blaze of low-budget images, mixes cheesy science fiction, grimy bohemian drug tragedy, psychedelic experimentalism, and no-budget arthouse drama

Chaos Reigns (2018/04/30 05:00)
Akira Kurosawa's Ran is currently running on Mubi. See it.

Say What Now? (2018/04/25 05:00)
Don't take it personally when you're misinterpreted.

Knowitallism (2018/04/24 05:00)
On the prevalence of righter-than-thou behaviors in fandom.

Do The Wrong Thing (2018/04/23 08:00)
What if someone Did Something Bad with a creation of yours?

Is This A Brick Wall I See Before Me? (2018/04/21 06:00)
Not writer's block. Maybe we could call it conceiver's block?

A Second Life On Video (2018/04/21 08:00)
Movies have more second lives than ever, but only because they barely have first ones.

The Incuriosity Complex (2018/04/20 05:00)
Being generally incurious about life is bad enough; it's far worse when you're trying to create.

This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (2018/04/18 08:00)
"No man demands what he desires; each man demands what he fancies he can get."

Say You, Cliché Me (2018/04/17 08:00)
"A cliché is as much about the deployment and the mode of use as it is the item itself..."

Nobloggy But Me (2018/04/15 08:00)
Blogging never "died"; it's just become harder to see. But it's as crucial as ever.

Faceless (2018/04/14 05:00)
With Facebook out of my life, it's all the easier to spot unproductive discourse of all kinds, because of what else it reminds me of.

Office Space (2018/04/13 08:00)
Steven Savage's latest post is about "rethinking work", and it reminded me of an anecdote courtesy of Milton Glaser...

The Life Of The Mind (2018/04/12 05:00)
An influencer seems more interested in being well-known, being "influential", than in being motivated by a thirst for the truth.

KISS And Make Up (2018/04/11 05:00)
The productivity virtues of keeping it simple, stupid.

To Play Outside One's Head (2018/04/08 05:00)
Another road to creative improvement: thinking beyond your own view of your work.

Erasure (2018/04/06 05:00)
Outside of the social media bubble, the void.

The Driver's Seat (2018/04/05 05:00)
On the problems of a passive protagonist.

Pick Something And Stick With It (2018/04/02 08:00)

Theorizers Vs. Practitioners (2018/04/01 05:00)
Zen matters when it's practiced; it's getting people to practice that's the hard part.

No More Heroes, Pt. 2 (2018/03/27 08:00)
Don't have heroes, just emulate behaviors.

I Am (Not) An Entertainer (2018/03/26 08:00)
"I'm an entertainer." -- Alan Watts. "I am not an entertainer." -- William S. Burroughs. Discuss.

The Unsubmissive (2018/03/25 05:00)
"The world will be saved, if it can be, only by the unsubmissive."

From The Shoulders Of Giants, The View Is Lovely Indeed (2018/03/23 05:00)
"The negation of a [scientific] theory is not a new theory."

The Problem With The Rat Race Is That Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat (2018/03/23 08:00)
On media both social and antisocial.

The Reason They Export Molson Is Because Canadians Are Too Smart To Drink That Bilge (2018/03/21 08:00)
I was going to say something about Jordan Peterson, but this article beat me to it.

The Unthinkable Lightness Of Being (2018/03/20 05:00)
On how Zen and Buddhism are not anti-intellectual, but non-intellectual. Big diff there.

Maybe We Shouldn't Have 'Heroes' (2018/03/18 08:00)
Why this business of personal heroes may well be a bad idea.

'I Burned It All' (2018/03/14 08:00)
Take your story. Rip it up and start again. What's left?

But Will It Play For The Over-21 Set? (2018/03/13 05:00)
How different a standard should we have for works aimed at younger audiences vs. those aimed at "all" audiences?

Philosophizing With A Megaphone (2018/03/12 05:00)
On Twitter as a case study in technical non-solutions to social problems.

Copyediting With A Machete (2018/03/12 08:00)
On avoiding the temptation to edit drastically, late in the game.

When You Didn't Know You Wanted This (2018/03/08 05:00)
What to do when you find yourself saying, "I didn't know I wanted this."

Getting Better All The Time (2018/03/06 08:00)
Why Steven Pinker's encomium to an improving world falls so flat.

Plug Me Into Something (2018/03/05 08:00)
To put things into perspective for yourself, lose "yourself" a little.

Paranoia The Destroyer (2018/03/04 08:00)
On how the conspiracy theory mindset stems from emotional torment.

The Drive To Create (2018/03/02 08:00)
In re Jarmusch's 'Paterson'.

Typing With Both Fists (2018/02/27 05:00)
On blogging while angry.

The Royal We And The Singular I (2018/02/26 08:00)
On what we do with the discovery that we're not things, but processes.

I Am A Rock, I Am An Island (2018/02/24 08:00)
People aren't flowers, of the hothouse variety or otherwise, and neither are artists.

The Characters Who Don't Do Anything (2018/02/21 05:00)
Don't write stories about "people waiting for their lives to begin."

The Critic-Proof Story (2018/02/18 01:00)
Spoiler: It doesn't exist.

Doomed To Repeat It (2018/02/17 08:00)
In re Parkland.

The Lift (2018/02/15 08:00)
A dopey dud: a mix of satire and horror that doesn't manage to be either funny or scary.

Walkabout, Workabout (2018/02/13 05:00)
"...if we think of “done” as a point we navigate towards, tacking here and there, we can embrace change."

The Attention Thieves (2018/02/12 08:00)
Boredom's not a burden anyone should bear.

Get On With It (2018/02/09 05:00)
On not over-documenting creative work.

Content, Content Everywhere (2018/02/07 05:00)
On the desire to turn everything into a franchise.

The Mashup Men (2018/02/06 08:00)
On making something new from a whole lot of somethings old.

Breakin' (2018/02/05 05:00)
These past couple of days have been a cavalcade of non-stop technical and mechanical failure.

In Over My Head Again (2018/02/01 05:00)
How the heck did I end up starting to create my own programming language?

But Who Am I To Be Critical? (2018/02/01 08:00)
When you look at something, you have to be willing to not pretend that it needs to be great in order to justify anything.

The Loud And The Desperate (2018/01/31 06:00)
"Your image does not need curation, because all you are doing is broadcasting your desperation."

Unsticking The Gears (2018/01/27 08:00)
No prizes for guessing I'm talking about my next project.

A Few Words From LeGuin (2018/01/24 06:00)
Parting words, unfortunately.

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, But Sometimes They Just Turn Out To Be Cattle Rustlers (2018/01/20 05:00)
We need to have more nuanced ways of taking what matters for us from a given creator and from their works.

Ruined Forever (2018/01/19 05:00)
No critic can ever "ruin" a work you like, unless you don't know what their job really is.

If You Can't Please Yourself ... (2018/01/19 08:00)
Works don't exist just to please audiences. But authors also don't exist just to please themselves.

February, Come She Will (2018/01/18 08:00)
What's on the slate for Chez Genji.

Things I Have Learned, 2018 Edition (2018/01/17 05:00)
Words from the wise.

Mystery, Not Mystification (2018/01/11 05:00)
If you shoot for ambiguity, some people are going to come away from your work bored or confused. Here's how to cope.

Smarts For Me But Not For Thee (2018/01/10 05:00)
On very stable geniuses and the like.

The Answer To Last Week's Puzzle (2018/01/08 05:00)
"Are we so desperate to solve our art?"

Bailout Protocol (2018/01/08 08:00)
When is it OK to quit reading a "boring" book?

It's A Living (2018/01/06 05:00)
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?

57 Channels Redux (2018/01/05 05:00)
And still nothing on.

Player Zero (2018/01/05 08:00)
On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.

Someone Else's Discussion (2018/01/04 05:00)
On getting back into the headspace for blogging.

Excuse My Silence (2018/01/01 03:00)
But I think you'll find it was entirely justified.

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