Everything old is new again

| February 27, 2009

You may remember that, upon selling the first book of the Wolfbreed series to Bantam, I had titled it, simply Wolfbreed. You may also recall that Bantam asked me to change the title. So, after much debate, I came up with Lilly’s Song. We’re all happy. Now, apparently some shifts in the power structure at […]

Books on Writing: Writing Popular Fiction

| February 26, 2009

I have on my shelf of writing refrences, an interesting cultural artifact from the early 70s.  The title is Writing Popular Fiction, and is a hardcover published by Writer’s Digest back in 1972.  The author, according to the back cover copy, had sold 24 books since 1967 (yes, that’s only five years) won an award […]

What should you look for in a workshop?

| February 25, 2009

As Promised yesterday, here’s a few bullet points to keep in mind when you look to join a writer’s workshop. Look for a group of people who are close to yourself in development as a writer.  While pros can teach beginners, a workshop is not a classroom, it is a group of peers where you’re […]

A writing post to clear my head

| February 24, 2009

Enough politics. Let’s talk about workshopping. I really liked how the interview went with Mary (go read it, I’ll wait) and thought I’d put my two cents in about why I like running my work though the meat-grinder that is the Hamsters. What I get out of it: It accelerates the time it takes to […]

Or, do you want Rahm Emanuel to know where you surf?

| February 23, 2009

Here’s the thing I’m trying to get across.  All those of you who voted for change?  Pretty much a Fail if you ask me.  Not because I have anything in particular against Mr. Obama, but because Democrats and Republicans are pretty much the exact same creatures until you get on the whackass fringes where people […]

Do you want Karl Rove to know where you drive?

| February 21, 2009

How about Rahm Emanuel?  You think it is a good idea for the State to watch your every move? Should the FBI, the ATF, the IRS and Customs and Immigration be able to track you wherever you go?  Wouldn’t it be nice if every municipality was able to issue speeding tickets retroactively without bothering to […]

Genrewonk Interviews Mary Turzillo

| February 20, 2009

Today we’re interviewing a friend of many years and head of the mysterious group I refer to in these pages as the Hamsters.  I’m talking to Nebula winner Mary Turzillo about what the Hamsters are, how they came about and what it is that they do.  This is the point where I normally introduce my […]

But it’s guaranteed

| February 19, 2009

Not only will you regrow hair, but you’ll get it dyed and feathered, get a nose job, have your teeth capped and your skin bronzed.  But, frankly, I don’t know why Bruce Willis wanted to look like Justin Timberlake anyway.

Western Reserve Writers Confrence

| February 18, 2009

I just wanted to post a head’s-up on this a little in advance while there is still time for people to sign up.  I will be teaching a class at the 18th Annual Western Reserve Spring Writers Confrence at Lakeland Community College on Marh 28th.  The confrence runs between 8:30 and 1:30 and there are […]

Spam Wordle I

| February 17, 2009

Just for the hell of it, while cleaning the spam out of my Akismet filter, I decided to capture some text and pump it though Wordle. Here’s what I got.