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Scavenger Hunt!

Announcing a SCAVENGER HUNT for Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices! The questions below can mostly be answered by reading the stories in the collection plus the author’s notes – although some might require a few minutes’ search-engine research too, unless you’ve a head stuffed full of trivia. The […]

Amazon Kindle Glitch

If your Kindle order of #AnthemsOutsideTime was “canceled by the publisher,” it’s a glitch. See the Fairwood Press web site for details. You will definitely be able to re-order it on Amazon, although it doesn’t look available yet (i.e., at 12:40 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday). The hardcopy version *is* […]

My complete bibliography

Because my ability to edit my Writertopia page seems to have vanished, I am now "transferring my flag," as it were, to LJ.  From now on, my bibliography will appear here (until and unless I get a web site of my own): Collections: Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices […]

Time Travel and Narcissism

I am inordinately fond of time travel stories. I’ve published a few of my own, (see, e.g., (“Liza’s Home”, “Conflagration” and “The Never Fair”), and long argued that their juxtaposition and confusion of memory and expectation allow for a kind of emotional resonance you can’t achieve anywhere else. Tell me […]

Some stories to see; Codex

   Stories by some of my friends that are now available for your reading pleasure: by Heather Albano: "The Dark Season" in More Scary Kisses (edited by Liz Grzyb)   By Liz Argall:  "A Study in Flesh and Mind" in Daily Science Fiction   by Grady Hendrix: Satan Loves You (digital […]

Hm, contracts, hm…

I wonder sometimes if I’m too much of a lawyer. I had a story accepted about a year ago.  The publisher sent me the contract, which I expected to sign, but, having spent all that money on law school, I thought I’d actually read the thing. I hated it. It wasn’t […]

My Nebula-Eligible Stories

Since I don’t think anything more of mine will be released before the end of the year, here are my stories from 2010 that would be eligible for the Nebula Award: "Tenure Track", Cosmos Online (November 23, 2010).   "Six Drabbles of Separation", part of Trifecta XIII, "Stories from the […]

Portrayal of Sex and Other Good Things

In her blog Nicola Griffith explains, skillfully and convincingly, why she often (usually) portrays sex as an ecstatic, mind-blowing experience, rather than as embarrassing, awkward or disappointing, which is frequently the case in literature. I’ll leave you to read her argument for yourselves, but I think it can be summarized […]

First Lines Meme

I saw several other writers do this, and it looked like fun. First Lines Meme Below are the first lines from each story on which I am currently working. Not included on this list are stories I have submitted for publication. The stories are in alphabetical order by title. And, […]

The Problem of Politics

In fiction, the problem with the hot-button topics — politics, religion, sex — is that they have a higher resting volume level. The reader will hear what you say about any one of those things much more loudly and clearly than what you say about beauty, sorrow, the exploration of […]

Monthly stats for September

Here are my monthly stats for September 2,705 new words of fiction written this month. 1   16 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   0 second drafts currently in progress   0 second drafts currently in the hands of […]