Why don’t they…

This is a tiny collection of logic holes in science fiction. Now, this is for my personal amusement only. In most cases these holes don’t ruin anything. They’re just fun to think about after the fact. So why… Read More

CAR

Every generation of car culture should have a basic, sturdy, dependable vehicle to free them from their family homes and open the road to adventure. Now, I’m completely aware that car culture is dying, but this post is… Read More

Bad Tactics

I served in the military, but I am not a military man. I’ve never read any books on military tactics and would say I only have the glancing acquaintance with the famous strategies of, say, Agincourt, Little Big… Read More

Arriving Late Podcast Ep 23: Nerve

Episode 22 suffered complications from a technical glitch and had to go live on a farm upstate where it can spend all of its times admiring rainbows. Ep 23, however, is here and covers a far more important… Read More

Horror vs Fantasy Redux

I’ve written before about the key differences between horror and adventure (a term I use to include all the flavors of fantasy that are not horror), specifically here: horror-vs-adventure Now I have a reason to talk about this… Read More

Finding Your Voice

Everyone starts the same way, I think, by imitating their favorite authors. I was a Heinlein clone, then a knockoff Hemingway, for a while I was a poor Vonnegut. No matter who you are impressed with or how… Read More

Isolation & Rescue

Stephen King said in On Writing that he believed most writers spent some part of their childhood physically isolated in a way that books became their whole world for a time. I don’t know if that’s true about… Read More

Master Class: Lesson 5

“And then what happened?” Lesson 5 was about story and plot, about “what happens next?” that most elemental of questions. I’m quite good at plotting – this class is tailored more toward beginning writers – but I did… Read More

Master Class: Lesson 4

Lesson 4 was about voice. Every writer goes through the process of finding his own voice by failing to mimic his favorite famous authors. Eventually, the mistakes become your voice because those are the parts that can’t help… Read More

Master Class: Lesson 2

A workbook or journal is part of the Neil Gaiman Master Class I’m taking so I’ve decided to put mine here in the blog. Lesson 2 is about honesty in writing and how being honest can add a… Read More