Reading

The Year of Story

There are a lot of New Year’s Resolutions and 52 weeks of and 365 days of things. I generally like to try to aim to build on and do things without imposing too much structure because then I become a overly, inappropriately devoted to the structure instead of the things. So I like the Year of idea. (Thank you Cortex!)   Year of… I’ve been thinking about what my year is. I didn’t have a great plan or strategy. A…
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Switching Costs

I use mostly Apple products at home. I’ve had a few issues and questions and some people have asked me why lately. I also listened to an episode of Cortex (that I can’t seem to find anymore) that talked about switching costs. So why do I use Apple products? (I don’t exclusively, but enough that it is my prominent computing tool at home.) NOT Microsoft! Because I use MS tools at work and when I get home I want to…
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Compulsion

I see something come up fairly frequently in conversations about writing, becoming a writing, why you write. Some people talk about it like it is a compulsion. It isn’t for me. I don’t have to write. I won’t die if I don’t write. Writing isn’t like breathing. I have during times of my life not written fiction at all. This is sort of two fold… Not a compulsion Compulsion for me is when I stand at the door to my…
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Stories

Stories drive everything. One of my day job goals is to do more, and more effective storytelling. Something I feel is lacking in my stories is plot. Just not enough of it. I tend to drive away from conflict personally, so sometimes I do too much of that in my stories. So one of my writing goals is to conflict more. (In my stories…not in my life.) Stories and Pixar! Pixar has a class on storytelling at Khan Academy. You…
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Information and Confessions

Information is critical You are undoubtedly not surprised by this. If you are, I’m concerned about you. Seriously. Sci Am points out that the free flow of scientific information is critical for democracy. You should also not be surprised by this. But it is a very good article about it. About what is reasonable and what isn’t. And for sharing that information? The Sunlight Foundation has a list of who is allowed to talk and who isn’t. It is actually…
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Reading as a Writer

So I’ve been looking around a bit for a good blog hop kind of thing for this year. Ronel the Mythmaker had a recent post about plans for 2017 and she mentioned The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Finally a group for me! The question prompt for February is How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader? which even more so made me go, this is for me! Reading I used to be a good reader. When I…
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Strong women

So this is a post I’ve been thinking about for…months? At least. Strong women. Strong female characters. I’m writing this Sunday after the marches around the world yesterday, which, great, now what? And what does that mean? And whole lot of other stuff. This is going to be a messy post. I’ll come back and edit later, and it will still be messy so be warned. And crabby…I get crabby… A story about strong women I’m sitting having dinner with…
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I Write for…

My niece. She’s not old enough to read my work. (And if my sister reads this, don’t ever let her read a few of them!) She may never actually read my work, and I’m entirely ok with that. But I write for my niece anyway. I remember reading when I was a wee bite sized person and clearly I could never be any of those book people. I mean obviously. They were mostly men. They were brash and ballsey (again,…
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Critique sites (Critters)

So I’ve tried different Critique sites. Critters and now giving Scribophile a shot. I’m…frustrated. Critters I actually really like Critters. It would be the site I’d recommend for SFF short/flash authors. But …I’m me? And I have my own personal bullshit to deal with. This means it is good and bad. Pros It really encourages you to review something every week. Make a habit of it. Sit down, read, give feedback. It has great information about how to give a…
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Utopias

Utopias are an interesting thing, and quite often a topic of lots of sci-fi. (And their more dramatic half dystopias.) Atlas Obscura has a great map of failed utopias in the US.  I was kind of surprised by the nudist colony in the 1900s. And apparently not just one of them but there were lots? What? Huh. It does reinforce the idea that we just aren’t that shiny or new. There are lots of things that seem progressive that have much…
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