Last Wednesday, June 28th, the author Harlan Ellison passed away. I know he was an enormous influence in the world of speculative fiction, and I’ve heard many stories about him, but even now I can’t say for certain that I’ve ever read one of his stories. Nonetheless, I felt then and still feel that I should be in mourning for him, because he influenced my influences.Read More
But you’re going to tell it dozens, even hundreds of times over. That’s the beauty of it. That’s how you’re going to make it stick in our minds. That’s how you’re going to teach us the lesson you must teach.Read More
Is because his plot twists are never character twists, which makes each one of them a gamble. Except, of course, for the Sixth Sense, which artfully combines a shocking plot mechanic with a beautiful character twist.Read More
“What power would HELL have if those here imprisoned were NOT able to DREAM of HEAVEN?”
That's the line that turned me into a writer. I had been writing stories and poetry in my spare time since the sixth grade. I had even written my own play.Read More
Is that it robs you of your own heroism. It’s a psychological crutch. It’s the reason why I don’t have five published books already. I wasted the first quarter of my life worshiping my heroes instead of becoming one myself.Read More
Routine is a luxury. It requires that you have considerable control over your circumstances. If you are early in your career, still living with your family, or still in school, you probably don't have that kind of control.Read More
Because none of us have direct, unfiltered access to the truth. Because human beings would’ve died off millennia ago if our brains were wired to give us “just the facts, ma’am.”
Because “the facts,” by which you mean the physical universe, never act purely in our favor. Far more often, they work against us.Read More
As a verbal tick, yes, but also as way of presenting yourself. Don’t worry, I’m guilty of it too.
We know it’s your opinion. You’re the one talking. Even if you stole the opinion from someone else, it’s yours now since it’s coming out of your mouth/finger tips.
The real question is: what’s next?Read More
Yesterday I had breakfast with a writer friend. She’s already building a following with her self-published books. Now, she’s breaking into traditional publishing. She mentioned a particular anxiety she’s been dealing with, and it gave me an epiphany.Read More