Category: Reading & Writing

How Great Science Fiction Works

Continuing my blogs about summer reading, I had the pleasure of listening to one of the Great Courses offered on Audible, How Great Science Fiction Works by Professor Gary K. Wolfe. From the title, I went into this thinking it would be more about writing—putting it all together to make it work. Turns out this…


Manipulating the Reader: Louise Penny and Inspector Gamache

Sometimes you come across books that are really good but something about them drives you seriously crazy. I began my summer with such a book, and then went on to the next in the series, and the next, and now I’m six books into a great series that does, indeed, drive me crazy. I love…


The Inevitable Blog About Not Blogging

I’m not sure if I made it farther than most first-timers, or if I caved early, but here it is—the inevitable blog about not blogging. It’s kind of like when I got a journal in fourth grade and decided I would write in it every night, but that only lasted for about two weeks. I…


#WriterClichés Desperately Seeking Solitude

I’m going up north to a remote cabin and holing myself up for over a week. No company, no heat, no running water. Just solitude, and I’m gonna crank out the finishing touches on my two novels. I lied a little. There will be heat in addition to the fireplace via an electric plug-in model,…