January 31, 2012
Today’s post can be found at http://www.sfnovelists.com, the group blog on speculative fiction that I maintain along with a group of over one hundred published authors of fantasy and science fiction. It is called “Drawing on Literary Traditions: THE HUNGER GAMES and THE MAZE RUNNER as Case Studies,” and it’s about the ways in which older literary works often inform newer books and stories. I hope you enjoy it.
January 29, 2012
Four weeks into the New Year, and while I am on pace with the work schedule I set for myself, I am also struggling with my current project. Creativity is not always something one can force, and right now I am trying to make myself come up with ideas for two new books. Why? I need to get in proposals to my publisher so that I can get to work on the projects, and in today’s market that means writing up proposals and synopses, regardless of how many books I have written and published in the past. I might even need to submit a few chapters of the next book along with the proposals. That’s fine. I have no problem with that.
What’s giving me fits is trying to come up with the new ideas. I know the general outlines of what I want to write. I know where the books fit in with the larger chronology of the project, but beyond that . . . well, I’ve got nothin’.
I have been here before, and I know I’ll get through it. The ideas will come. But right now, its a struggle.
January 28, 2012
Exciting day in our household. Our older daughter took her SATs this morning, and actually came out of the exam feeling pretty good about it. And our younger daughter is up in Nashville swimming in the regional Middle School Swim Championships. Her finals are tonight, but she has already qualified in both her events (with personal-best times, I might add). As I say, an exciting day.
So the older kid and I are going to celebrate with a sushi dinner (seems a good choice while the younger one is at her swim meet).
Enjoy your weekend, all!
January 26, 2012
We were in Wollongong, New South Wales, for Australia Day in 2006, and it remains one of my most vivid memories from our year in Australia. It was a great day — heaps of fun. Amusement park rides and a crafts fair at the waterfront, good food, some interesting entertainment, and then, once the sun went down, a spectacular fireworks display supplemented by fire-eaters and people juggling torches. It was reminiscent of Fourth of July celebrations here in the States, and yet it was thoroughly Australian and different from anything I’d experienced before. Wonderful times.
To all of my friends Down Under, Happy Australia Day! Hope it’s a great one!
January 24, 2012
I have a post up today at the blog of my good friend Stuart Jaffe. Stuart was with the Magical Words blog site for some time, has published a good number of terrific short stories, and is now turning his talents to novel-length projects. He has been writing about the various things that influence our work as writers, and he asked me to contribute to the discussion. My post can be found here. I hope you enjoy it.
January 23, 2012
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, C.E. Murphy, and Kalayna Price, among others. The post is called “On Writing: What Are We Good At? What Can We Improve,” and it’s about assessing honestly the strengths and shortcomings of our writing. I hope you enjoy it.
January 22, 2012
In overtime. In a game they really had no business winning. Wow. Just wow.
January 20, 2012
My good friend Joshua Palmatier, who also writes as Benjamin Tate, has a new book out called Leaves of Flame, a follow-up to his critically acclaimed series opener, Well of Sorrows. I have to admit that I have not yet read the book, but I can tell you that Joshua/Benjamin is a) an excellent writer, b) one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet, and c) also a terrific editor. (I worked with him and Patricia Bray on their anthology After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar.) Joshua recently posted an essay at the Magical Words blog site about the magic system he developed for his series. I urge you to read it. It will whet your appetite for these books.
January 16, 2012
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, C.E. Murphy, and Kalayna Price, among others. The post is called “On Writing: The Value of Ambition,” and it’s about different sorts of ambition and how they influence our writing. I hope you enjoy it.