Guilty As Charged (2019/05/23 08:00)
Everyone who's ever put a word to paper has an excuse, or a justification if you want to be less nasty, for everything they do. Of course I'm guilty of this.
Whatever It Is, I'm Against It (2019/05/22 08:00)
On why contrarianism is not dissent.
The Refutation Proclamation (2019/05/21 08:00)
Make something that is your answer to all the things in the world you don't want.
Pull That Thread (2019/05/20 08:00)
If there's a thread in your story that begs to be pulled, pull it.
You Can See Why I Was Busy (2019/05/19 08:00)
Whole lotta shakin' going on.
Regular Service Resuming Shortly (2019/05/14 10:00)
Excuse our dust.
Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death (2019/05/10 08:00)
"...what we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument."
Jerks-R-Us (2019/05/01 05:00)
People who say "I'm a jerk and proud of it" are sending a signal they should be avoided. The problem is we aren't always in a position to enact that advice.
The Old New Thing, Again (2019/04/30 05:00)
"The familiar is beautiful until it becomes chic to prefer the different."
Big Ticket Items (2019/04/26 08:00)
More on popular culture as a bad model for creator culture.
Solo Work (2019/04/23 05:00)
"All a writer’s real learning is done alone."
Is This Thing On? (2019/04/22 08:00)
Blogging has resumed.
Rumor Control, April 2019 Edition (2019/04/19 08:00)
Some recent writing and creative news from these shores.
In A Roundabout Kind Of Way (2019/04/12 08:00)
My current book bears no relation to its earlier incarnations save for its title.
Something To Push Against (2019/04/06 10:00)
On constraints as creative impetuses, and the fallacies that arise therein.
You Figure It Out (2019/04/06 08:00)
"Fish s**t or coffee, sir?"
The Case For Preferring Older Books (2019/04/04 05:00)
You miss out on less than you think.
Hugo, Hugoing, Hugoforit (2019/04/02 06:00)
AO3's Hugo: a sign of progress.
The Same Old New Thing (2019/04/01 08:00)
"We choose virality instead of quality, and equate it to quality because of its resonance."
Rewriting Is Writing Is Rewriting (2019/03/28 05:00)
Blog On (2019/03/27 05:00)
Toying with Pelican, Nikola, and other static site generators.
The Last Great Special Effect (2019/03/26 08:00)
It's sheer human effort.
Don't Make A Career Out Of It (2019/03/21 06:00)
Professionalized hobbies make bad careers.
Revisionism (2019/03/19 08:00)
The temptation to go back and touch up one's on work is strong.
Another Land's Words (2019/03/15 06:00)
Are international literary prizes just for "foreign writers who make sense to us"?
The Blankest Of Slates And Pages (2019/03/13 08:00)
What happens when we take a genre and remove everything from it that we'd label as being part of that genre?
Out Of Touch (2019/03/12 08:00)
The number of things we need to have an opinion about right this second is not as large as it might seem.
The 10010 2019 Experience (2019/03/04 05:00)
Back in NYC for a few days.
Freedom Yeah Right (2019/03/04 08:00)
"... from where I sit, freedom isn't choice. Freedom is agency. Indeed, choice - by limiting agency - is often the opposite of freedom."
Up The Other Academy (2019/03/03 05:00)
Awards are popularity contests, and the only thing that distinguishes the prestigious ones from the less so is the way the more prestigious ones are designed not to look like popularity contests.
Kill Process And Reboot (2019/02/26 05:00)
On stopping in the middle of a first draft and starting over, sort of.
Up The Academy (2019/02/26 09:00)
No more superhero/wizard academies based on British boarding schools, please!
Sneaking Up On The Generalities (2019/02/22 08:00)
Instead of attacking them head-on.
The NOFOLLOW Flag (2019/02/21 08:00)
A photographer deleted his social media presence to save his creative instincts. A wise idea.
The Passive Type (2019/02/20 08:00)
Zen as nonintellectual, rather than anti-intellectual. But also non-passive.
Forest, Trees, Fox, Hedgehog (2019/02/16 01:00)
On the difference between foxes and hedgehogs.
The Mud Of The First Draft (2019/02/15 05:00)
Notes from early on in the first draft of the new novel, 'The Fall Of The Hammer'.
Resuming Regular Service (2019/02/15 10:24)
The Firstest With The Mostest (2019/02/09 01:00)
If remakes are trash, it's because the true potential of such a project is not the motive.
Change In The Wind (2019/02/06 08:00)
The name "Genji Press" doesn't really fit me anymore, and I'm not sure it ever did. Time for a new one?
The Pile That Never Shrinks (2019/02/04 05:00)
How the Open Library is keeping me from drowning in books.
The Reading Prescription (2019/02/01 05:00)
On recommending books as a way for authors to get perspective on a current or future work of their own.
The Fire Of The Mind (2019/02/01 01:00)
Those who embrace creativity take control of their lives. It's a contagious thing.
Progress Not Guaranteed, Pt. 2 (2019/01/31 08:00)
More on Steven Pinker.
Words From The Wise (2019/01/30 05:00)
Very few people are qualified to give useful story advice because they think the main function of a story is to entertain them.
The Future Is A One-Way Street (2019/01/28 05:00)
"The simple faith in progress is not a conviction belonging to strength, but one belonging to acquiescence and hence to weakness."
All The Cool New Folks Are Dead (2019/01/25 05:00)
In re: "I can’t help feeling a bit depressed that so many of the cool new writers are dead."
You Won't Find It Here (2019/01/23 08:00)
I sometimes feel like books about writing should be prefaced with, "You won't find any 'literature' here."
Roads Not Taken, And All That (2019/01/18 08:00)
Musings on the guy I almost was.
Oh, Yeah, Now Where Was I? (2019/01/17 10:00)
Sorry about the silence over the last couple of days. I've officially started writing the as-yet-untitled 2019 novel.
The Performance Index (2019/01/11 08:00)
On gauging artistic quality by way of popularity, always a bad move.
Always Outnumbered, Never Misprinted (2019/01/09 09:00)
A small printing issue has surfaced with the dead-tree edition of my new novel, 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.'
The Shining Prince And The Misery Index (2019/01/09 08:00)
On Kenneth Rexroth, 'The Tale Of Genji', and the notion of miserable places that can produce beautiful things.
The Worst Horse (2019/01/07 08:00)
"If you understand Zen as a kind of practice to be a best horse you will have a problem."
Nowhere To Go Drinking (2019/01/04 08:00)
People need a place to go that's just a place to gather.
Now Gaming In A Theater Near You (2019/01/03 08:00)
On Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and interactive fiction as a video platform of the future.
Anxiety Of Influence, Once Again (2019/01/02 05:00)
You don't want to run from your influences. You want to walk away from them.
An Infinitely Receding Horizon (2019/01/01 05:00)
"...while surely there will be a time to rest, it is not now."
The True(r) Story (2019/01/01 01:00)
On the fictions of the "true story" style of moviemaking.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind