I attended Midsouthcon this past weekend as an author guest and had a great time. The conference center was packed full of people. Some of the panels were standing room only. I sold and signed a few books and had the honor of sitting on several panels to discuss before and with some very participatory… Read More What Makes a Hero?
I suppose a lot of readers may suppose that fiction, and all other art for that matter, comes from deep wells in moments of brilliance. And if they don’t suppose that it all comes from such sources, they may well think that the best comes from such sources and the rest is dross, because it… Read More Inspiration: Part 2
An old, primary definition of inspiration is that it is the act of drawing air into the lungs. Inspiration in the artistic sense follows from this old definition: elevating influence, creative influence of genius; being imbued with ideas proceeding from a source of knowledge. There is also the religious sense of inspiration, the idea that the… Read More Inspiration
A great many editors will tell you that they know within a few lines of a story submission whether or not they will consider it for publication or not. Some will tell you they know just from the title. They want a story that hooks them or grips them from the outset, something that pulls… Read More Opening Lines
I haven’t been blogging or doing any other writing in the past two weeks due to a delightful episode involving kidney stones that started Sunday two weeks ago. Various members of my family, my parents and siblings, had been afflicted with them, but I had begun to imagine myself quite immune. I was too active,… Read More Of Kidney Stones