We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

Ray Bradbury

What Makes Me Stop Reading

James Alan Gardner at SF Novelists offers a nifty list of boneheaded things writers do that force him to just put the book down and walk away. I find I have a lot in common with his point of view: … a boring book doesn’t make me mad; my interest just dwindles...

*Good* Advice For Would-be Bloggers

This week I gathered some of the conflated and oft conflicting advice for would-be bloggers in my inaptly titled post, Ur Doin’ It Wrong!. To my surprise and delight, Teresa Nielsen Hayden dropped by to dispense some good advice. To wit: As far as I can tell,...

Forty years… for many, still only a dream.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:...

Ur Doin’ It Wrong!

It would seem that for the last eight years I’ve been going about this blogging thing all wrong. Let me ‘splain. I’m putting together a blog project for a new-sprung group of budding bloggers — folks who, for the most part have never blogged...

Yes, I Do Judge Books By Their Covers

Okay… so I do judge books by their covers. Truth be told, lots of us do. So many, in fact, that Borders are now rearranging all their book stores to show more covers even though they’ll take a hit on how many titles they can carry. But I digress. I’d...

Maple Sugaring Time in Vermont

Driving back from Boston yesterday I saw the telltale blooms of steam billowing from hilltop sugar houses… Vermont’s surest sign that we’re at the muddy intersection between a long, snowy winter and spring greening. I suspect I won’t have...

The Short Shelf of Books on Writing

It’s funny… For a long time I thought about sitting down and writing some fiction. And while I was thinking about it, I picked up a number of books about writing. You know… a small library of them. Now that I’m no longer thinking about writing...

Off To His Next Great Adventure

As a certified geek — a pedigreed geek even1 — I would be remiss if I should fail to note the passing of E. Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, and the undisputed father of the role playing game. I was not your typical gamer. The first time...

Happy VOTR Day!

Today is VOTR day. To those of you who haven’t been paying attention to United States presidential politics — whether because you’re a non US citizen1 or because you have your head buried in the sand — today is a remarkable day, and for a number of...

Life is Too Short for Bad Coffee

Sixty-five! I’d just attended a health and wellness fair and had learned that, in the six weeks since I’d started my new fitness program, my resting heart rate had dropped substantially. I was chuffed enough about the number to share the news with my wife....

Writing is Easy

Firstly, to all the keyboard-thumping zombies who can barely string three words together to create a coherent sentence; to the editors who assemble those heaps and tumbles of barely literate detritus into paragraphs of prose; to the publishers who actually buy that...

Resolved…

If you’d ask me, I’d tell you that I’m an optimist. So why is it, then, that for so many years my New Year’s resolution has been, “I resolve not to make a stupid resolution, ’cause the last thing I need is another commitment I...

2007 in Photos

My apologies for doing such a poor job of keeping things up-to-date here. Between the busy holiday season — and some other projects — I’ve been lax in my blogging. To make amends, let me kick off the new year by filtering through the year just...

Jack Frost nippin’ at your nose…

Christmas?! Wasn’t it Thanksgiving just a few days ago? Sigh. Rather than let another year slip by without taking the opportunity, let me wish you and yours the very best for this joyful and sacred season — whichever season you may happen to call sacred...

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