Category science fiction

Writing Prompt: Noise

“Clack, clack, clack.” The metallic sound woke her, as it had every night since she was left alone. She lay still, feeling the chug, chug, chug, of her new heart. She’d never noticed the clacking before. Was it new? Was it a sign of some malfunction? Maybe just the new quiet of her house. No […]

Advertisement

Writing Prompt: A Struggle

Back to some writing. A short piece for you. I’ll say more on the other side… Why couldn’t she have a simple problem? Lots of her friends’ parents were divorced. They shuttled between them like that little fake-feathered thing in badminton. Shuttlecock. That was it. Perfect. Back and forth. If it’s Tuesday, this must be […]

Photo shows two images: pile of rocks on the left and finished steps and patio on the right

Revision or Work in Progress II

Following up on my “Work in Progress” post, I got back the notes for my next book. The good news is that I did not want to cry. And I don’t have to drastically rethink the story. And I do feel overwhelmed. But I’ve already buckled in for the revision ride. Which promptly came to […]

View from mountain with large boulders in foreground and misty ridges leading to horizon

Works in Progress

I’ve been MIA on the blogging front. Ironically because I’ve been busy promoting Endurance but also distracted by life as well as crunching out a draft of Book 2, which follows Endurance and is now safely out for critique. With that off my desk, I launched into Book 3, which is incredibly exciting. I love […]

My First Solo Author Reading

Last week I gave my first solo reading. And it was in person. I hadn’t done any public reading since my short story collection came out, but that hardly mattered. There’s a huge difference between being given five to ten minutes with a bunch of other authors and having to fill an entire hour by […]

Phtos shows two cruise ships in a foggy bay. One very large, the other much smaller. Rows of hills inthe background

Setting: A Sense of Place

Have you ever been on a cruise? I’ve only done it once, a small-ship cruise in Alaska’s Inside Passage. The ship had about a hundred tourists and we were able to go into smaller coves and closer to the glaciers than the big Princess ship we saw a few times along the route. The contrast […]

Photograph of foggy tree-covered hills layered in front of each other with water in the foreground

So, Back to Writing

I’m reading a very cool book, In Search of the Canary Tree, by Lauren E. Oakes. It’s early yet, and in it she’s just starting her Ph.D. research project analyzing yellow-cedar forests on an island in the Alexander Archipelago of southeast Alaska, near Sitka. What does this have to do with writing? I’m enthralled by […]

Image of a galaxy cluster by the James Webb Space Telescope shows a black background dotted with dozen of stars and shapes of galaxies

Is It Bad for a SF Writer To Be Unimpressed by the Webb Telescope?

The long-awaited first images from the James Webb* Space Telescope were revealed the other day. Would it be heresy for this writer of science fiction to be meh about them? After all, I just released a novel about, well, space exploration. But like much of what I like to read, it’s about more than that. […]

screenshot of the definition of the word endurance

In a Word: Endurance

I’m pretty bad at coming up with titles for my stories, but I love discovering the meaning of titles in other works so should use that as a lesson. One of my favorite books is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. The title is a little off-putting. Long, weird. It’s about the aftermath […]

Closed cardboard box with no label. On a table.

Opening Endurance

My wife once asked me what I like about writing. Depending on the day, like today as I struggle with a scene, I’d say not much. To describe writing as frustrating completely understates the feelings you have when you a) can’t think of what to write about, b) can’t remember that great idea you had […]

Story Empire

Exploring the World of Fiction

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

all of the romance, none of the bullshit

Women Using Words

where sapphic and queer, women loving women stories are reviewed

Elaine Burnes

Thoughts on Writing and Life

Reads Rainbow

reviews, releases and recommendations

thedrabble.wordpress.com/

Shortness of Breadth

Whatever

FURIOUSLY REASONABLE

M A G P I E à la modus operandi

Memories by Marguerite Quantaine

#HOPEJAHRENSURECANWRITE

books and things.

Zestful Writing

Thoughts on Writing and Life

Irrelevant Cyberspeak

because you don't have anything better to do...

Miz Chef

Cooking Up a Healthy Life

Ruth Perkinson

Author & Spiritual Teacher

Nicola Griffith

Writer. Queer cripple with a PhD. Seattle & Leeds.

Writer Unboxed

about the craft and business of fiction

Blackadder Blogs

Jesse Blackadder on writing, books, life.