Focus

I’m very near-sighted. I have to wear my glasses to see my computer screen. But I’m getting older, and I have to take my glasses off to see my phone. When I started using a tablet, I found myself in exactly the wrong vision zone: too far from my face to see without glasses, too…

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Running and life

I like to run road and trail races.  They’re the perfect sort of semi-social physical activity that gets me out and about, in the presence of people who also like being out and about, without requiring any deep discussion or idle chit-chat.  It’s basically people-watching, but in motion, plus I typically get a t-shirt and…

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Finding the meaning

What’s the point?  In life and in writing, I ask myself this a lot.  One of the ways I challenge myself to get through a story is to focus on how fun the next one will be.  “Okay,” I tell myself, “this story may not seem significant, but I should keep going and finish it…

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Identity in Fiction

There’s such potential in fiction to educate and inform, and sometimes I feel like this gets overlooked in the rush to create things that are new and different.  Some science fiction comes with a message, a parallel drawn in speculation of the future to familiar issues our society is facing today. But stories can be…

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“A little at a time” is a lie

National Novel Writing Month is an inspiring and often epic 30-day dream of writing 50,000 words. It has three easy-to-follow steps: Start at 0 on November 1st. Write 1,667 words every day of the month. Finish with 50,000 words on November 30th. Brilliant!  Except I’ve never once, in my 15 years of completing NaNoWriMo, done…

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A Post-Superhero World

“Children of Power” and the XMR series both explore the concept of a post-superhero world.  How do we get from standalone superheroes (or a superhero team) to a support structure that engages the general public?  It’s the difference between the Power Rangers and Pacific Rim, or Captain America and SHIELD. We all want to support…

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Fanfiction Is Original Fiction

I resist the separation between fanfiction and “original” fiction.  There’s no inherent difference from one category to the next.  Some authors choose to write one or the other differently, placing their emphasis and energy on varying aspects of story, setting, or characters.  This is a creative choice made by the creator, not a defining characteristic…

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