Let me dust off the blog here. One of the reasons I’ve not been blogging with any regularity is that I’ve been heavily involved with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. I’m the director of the Science Fiction/Fantasy wing of the Center’s Your Novel Year program. This is an […]Read more
A lot of writers—especially beginning writers—choose to believe that writers fall into one of two camps: Plot-based writers and Character-based (or Organic™) writers. The problem with this view is that it suggests that one can have plots without characters and vice versa. And, I suppose, this is true in a general sense; but not in […]Read more
Tonight, starting at 6 PM PDT, I’ll be teaching my class, 21 Days to a Novel in Second Life. The event is part of Fiction For A Cure, which is part of Relay for Life in Second Life’s cancer research fundraising effort for the American Cancer society. Hit the link for information about the class […]Read more
Amazon floated a trial balloon in their dispute with Hachette to “take authors out of the middle.” Gigaom.com has the full text here. Within minutes of the letter’s publication, warriors on either side of the fight decried the letter as a cynical PR ploy, or praised it as proof that Amazon truly is sympathetic to […]Read more
Backing the Wrong Horse: Why choosing sides in the Amazon—Hachette feud is a moron’s choice for writers.
Let me state at the outset that the following is likely to outrage writers and publishers. Those who deign to comment will dismiss me as being ignorant or mistaken or secretly in agreement with the “other side.” I want to be clear: the “side” I’m taking in this discussion is mine and mine alone. I’m […]Read more
I’m not good with death. I’ve been lucky enough that very few people who I have gotten to know closely have died. None of them have I known for as long or as well as I knew Aaron Allston. His death hurts. It hurts deeply. I haven’t succeeded in writing about his death before today […]Read more
I’ve been seeing a lot written about how the rental of ebooks is the next big thing on the digital horizon. Most often the argument is framed as “looking for the Netflix of ebooks.” On the surface, when framed like that, the concept is brilliant. After all, look what Netflix did for Blockbuster. Borders is […]Read more