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22nd May 2011: Layers

A little while ago I wrote a post on about Thomas Disch’s On Wings of Song (1979). And I was thinking wow, 1979, but it doesn’t feel like a dated future, I wonder why that is? And I think

Posted in Human culture, Writing

26th March 2011: Things I know

I always know huge amounts more than end up on the page. I need to know it, and often I don’t have to think about knowing it, I just know it, it’s inherent in the world and it doesn’t end

Posted in Small Change, Writing

9th February 2011: Light

When I got off the bus, sunlight was coming through a gap in the clouds to the west and shining directly up onto a huge bank of clouds to the east. They were great big folded snowclouds, and they were

Posted in Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face, Writing

22nd November 2010: An old old poem

I cleared my table before my aunt came, so there’s space around the laptop and as I was looking at the new black (not yet named) laptop on the wood I remembered a poem I wrote when I was seventeen.

Posted in Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face, Writing

31st October 2010 Protagonismos

It’s a while since I’ve felt the need to make up a word to talk about writing. I used to do it all the time. I used to think there were words for these concepts but I didn’t know what

Posted in Writing

16th March 2010 Useful things I learned about writing from roleplaying

Lisanne Norman said on a panel at Convocation in 1997 that writers should watch people playing tabletop fantasy roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons to learn how to write fantasy. Steve Brust and I both immediately disagreed with her so

Posted in Writing

1st December 2009: 45 Today

I’m awake ridiculously early because I’m excited because it’s my birthday. I thought I was supposed to grow out of that, and I suppose I may, but not yet. AM is here, and we’re going to meet Z for breakfast

Posted in Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face, My Books, Writing

2nd May 2008: Fast and dirty fantasy names

I’m expanding this from a comment in Naomi Kritzer’s journal. I thought I’d put it over here so I could save a link to it so I wouldn’t have to write it all out again next time I wanted it, because

Posted in Writing

4th January 2008: Ratcheting and POV

There’s a thing that mechanical gears do, where each one has a little set of teeth, and each little tooth has to grip on one on the other gear to move the thing forward, and when they’re going they mesh,

Posted in Unfinished book stuff, Writing

15th May 2007: Jeopardy, pacing of revelation & how you treat characters

I was having a conversation with Zorinth on the way home on the train largely about a (really nifty) story idea of his, and one of the things we were talking about was the things novels need in order to

Posted in Small Change, Writing