Collaborative Brainstorming

This was a new panel for Miscon 32, and I loved the honesty of it. Rhiannon Held, urban fantasy author, and Krista Wallace, author/actress/musician, spoke and acted. They listed ideas and then modeled behaviors - ones that opened up creativity and others that closed it down. My notes are practically illegible, but here's what I … Continue reading Collaborative Brainstorming

World-Building, Part II

The world-building panel at Miscon 32 moderated by Brandon Sanderson was crammed with ideas. This is Part Two. On designing governments, Sanderson said he's fascinated with the push/pull of who is said to be in charge versus who is actually in charge and who makes law. He recommended C.G.P. Grey's Rules for Rulers. He added … Continue reading World-Building, Part II

World-Building, Part I

This panel at Miscon 32 was full of people saying things from brains that aren't my own. It was wild. You know what I mean by that, right? Someone says something, and you think, "Whoa. What a cool way to view the world!" And your viewpoint shifts as if they pulled aside a blue veil. … Continue reading World-Building, Part I

Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre has dialect-writing superpowers. She's also pretty great at world-building, visual arts, and helping other writers grow. Originally, I was going to write about her ability to stretch out detail and movement in her writing. I attended her reading at Miscon from her current work, Truth-Seer. Her advice of expanding on what has just … Continue reading Brenda Carre

“We”

*alarms blare* There are only five more installments of the first draft in public! For those of you out there who talk about writing a book or writing more or whatever - you CAN do it! Small bites. Little steps. One foot in front of the other. Good grief, I could write those all day, … Continue reading “We”

S.E. Carson – writer & advocate

S.E. Carson is writing a fictionalized memoir of her journey battling an eating disorder who she has named Not-Alice. The story works on discovering who someone is without their disorder, finding the voice that's been buried, and learning to trust the sound of it. In Carson's own words: "I explore the incredibly complex and manipulative … Continue reading S.E. Carson – writer & advocate

Tough Love

After being paralyzed for months, and doing all the advice I give others, I finished the revision of the first chapter of Ferals & Blights tonight. Dissecting my behavior and feelings afterward, I'm able to say two things: Professional opinions help. I was afraid to revise the wrong thing, and getting John's feedback helped me … Continue reading Tough Love

Indiana Jones: Part 4, [insert genius here]

The final part in my Patreon series on Raiders of the Lost Ark - Suspension of disbelief is a wonderful thing in movies. A magical tool that does not translate 1:1 in writing. Writing is more like table magic. The reader is breathing on your hands as you type, that's how close they are to … Continue reading Indiana Jones: Part 4, [insert genius here]