And how a Slacker can write a first draft in forty days. The last few posts demonstrate part of the aforementioned syndrome. Reblogs and reposts. Such is life. There are always times when it gets a bit much. Finding something new and fresh can be as painful as toothache. Truly. In the last two weeks, I … Continue reading Slacker’s Syndrome
Going through the glad-bag – and found … something.
There are rules for everything – everything – everything! I can’t abide so many rules for so many things. I want to break some rules – I want to break out of the rules – I want to be free!
I can’t remember how many times I heard this (or similar) from my foster kids as they came to know my house and its rules. It didn’t take long, really, for them to learn that all those rules they railed against were a form of protection – but flexible, and useful, and enlightening.
The first thing they learn is the three unbreakable rules (I’m not going to say what they were because they belonged to us; needless to say, these three rules were inflexible), and that every rule on the list below those three could be manipulated – if the argument for doing so was good enough. And by argument…
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A rat. Only one this time. Two mice. One lemon. All gifts from the dog. The security camera footage showed the dog came about every hour to deposit his treasures. Thera rubbed his prickly chin and scratched while he shook his head. Not his dog, not his concern. But … “Go away, dog, I’m not … Continue reading At The Back Door
As backup to the previous post, and to see the cyclic nature of …
Prior to the 1830s and 40s, when the cylinder press, the steam press and other technological innovations caused revolutionary change in publishing, the business of printing books and newspapers in America was often a one-person enterprise, with a single individual doing or directly managing all the tasks (writer, editor, printer, distributor, etc.) now departmentalized or outsourced in modern publishing.
The poet Walt Whitman got his start apprenticing at some of these small publishing outfits (such as the offices that printed the Long Island Patriot) just prior to the revolution; he continued through his life to believe that his role as author ideally included the other jobs required for manufacturing and selling a printed product.
Walt Whitman: Indie Writer
Whitman’s stance toward authorial control and the historical context from which it arose is explicated in David S. Reynolds’s superb, engaging Walt Whitman’s America:
‘”My theory is that the author…
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The following excerpt comes from an article I found while rummaging (uh, researching) within the wilderness of the Gutenberg Project. THE WRITER: A MONTHLY MAGAZINE TO INTEREST AND HELP ALL LITERARY WORKERS. VOL. VI. BOSTON, APRIL, 1892. No. 4. Copyright, 1892, by William H. Hills. All rights reserved. DO THE BEST WRITERS WRITE? A … Continue reading As Then, So It Is Now …
The car was too far away. Anna’s feet didn’t quite touch the ground properly as she staggered backwards, never taking her eyes from the place where evil, where murder, where hell had stood and dared her to react on emotions alone. Knowing she almost did exactly what it wanted. Almost met death at the hands … Continue reading Valki – Chapter 11
The mss for the Valki story went via a submit to a trad. publisher. I do this occasionally; okay, once a year I submit to one of them. Two competitions and one sub to a publisher. One thing is a constant with these things. It happens after it's sent. I do a re-read about a … Continue reading The Final Words
An inspiration, for readers and writers, everyone who loves story
It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.
I am honored to continue this series with Oregon author, artist D. Wallace Peach
You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.
If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, please enjoy this interview with D. Wallace Peach:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Well, I hope that these are occasionally the same thing! As a reader, I’m often looking for originality, and I think that may be the norm for fans of speculative fiction. Unlike some genres where certain tropes define the form, speculative fiction is incredibly broad, and there’s no…
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Or the other way around. Wednesday is the day I do a post. It's funny though, because my Wednesday is Tuesday for M (and a few others), so they get a message from the future when they read my posts and emails. I live in Tomorrow, and I can -- therefore -- give tips on … Continue reading When Tomorrow is Today