Not with a Whimper, But with a Bang

This week’s post will be all over the map. Buckle up, y’all. The language will be profane and definitely not appropriate for children, work, or those who are bothered by swearing. If that’s not your cup of tea, then perhaps move along to a different post.This week’s title refers to the political unrest we’re facing.... Continue Reading →

The Failures of Binary Thinking

In my last post, I mentioned that the speculative/SFF community is grappling with a swirling shitstorm of allegations about sexual abuse, misogyny, and/or racist behavior. Many of the writers or industry leaders who are being called out are among some of the better known in the community.In the two weeks since I last posted, that... Continue Reading →

And Some Days, I Want to Scream

Howdy, readers. This is my first post in twenty-four days. And there have been <gesturing toward the window at the maelstrom of events outside it> reasons. I won’t go into all of them. But if you’re wondering, perhaps reading a few of my older posts will enlighten you about where I stand on any number... Continue Reading →

A Story About My White Privilege

I’ve been thinking a lot about the white privileges I have. And I remembered an incident from years ago in Tucson.My spouse and I were struggling college students at the time. We had started delivering newspapers, desperate for some extra income.Our newspaper route had us folding and delivering our papers very early in the morning.... Continue Reading →

Fears, Urgency, and What Comes Next

I’ve said before that I don’t want my blog to become “all COVID-19, all the time,” but that’s hard to avoid. We’re in the middle of what many experts are calling the worst pandemic since 1918. Avoiding the topic completely isn’t possible.And right now, I’m really struggling to think about anything except the crisis.I live... Continue Reading →

A Rambling, Shambling Post

I’m having a tough time figuring out what to focus on in today’s post. I don’t want to write about sheltering in place again this week. Partly because I don’t want to become an “all COVID, all the time” broadcast. Plus, not everyone has the luxury of sheltering in place. And a lot of people... Continue Reading →

What Is Normal, Anyway?

A lot of writers have already crafted posts and articles with tips on how to be more productive during the shelter-in-place orders that so many of us are facing. The Internet is full of resources for learning new languages, improving our baking skills, exercising at home, and homeschooling advice.We can find lists of the must-watch... Continue Reading →

Comfort in Times of Trouble

I haven’t been sure what to write about today. I want to offer my readers words of wisdom or something comforting, but I’m not sure I have anything original to say.I’ll start by asking everyone to take a deep breath and remember our shared humanity. That is, remember that everyone is stressed and concerned. Everyone... Continue Reading →

Writing from the Heart

My critique partners and writing instructors often comment that my fiction isn’t as emotionally engaging as it could be. That criticism doesn’t surprise me because I know that I have a deep-seated fear of my emotions. For the past five or six months, I’ve been working with a therapist to address those fears. My therapist... Continue Reading →

Toxic Fandom

A few days ago, an old college acquaintance posted a conversation she’d had with one of her teenage children. They’re both fans of an author who has had a large gap between books in a series. Their conversation was a joking exchange about tying the writer to a chair until they completed the next book.... Continue Reading →

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