Part I: Four Strikes and You're In [originally posted on Live Journal, 10/29/2010] In honor of the impending publication of my novella Honor in the Night in Myriad Universes: Shattered Light, I've decided to recount the difficult and oft-delayed journey of my first novella from my feverish mind to bookstore shelves. Yes, there still are bookstores, … Continue reading From the Vault: The Long, Strange Voyage of a Novella from Pitch to Publication
I’ve been plunging back into my own writing lately, trying to better manage my time so that my work doesn’t languish because of the freelance work I need to do for the guaranteed paydays. To that end, I’ve been finishing manuscripts that have been sitting around in various stages for years. I’m picking one MS … Continue reading On Writing, Editing, and Hard Copies
I got busy yesterday and totally forgot to mark the occasion. Five years ago on April 9 I was laid off from my day job. I'd spent ten years with my employer. I started as a copyeditor, moved up to associate editor, then acquiring editor. But publishing continues to go through adjustments in the age … Continue reading An Auspicious Anniversary
This last October was—wait for it—the thirtieth anniversary of my first professional publication. Over the last three decades I’ve gotten a solid ten years of work done in my chosen profession. Here’s looking back at how it all started. In October 1987, one year out of college, my story “The Mailbox” was published in Minnesota Monthly, … Continue reading A Writing Anniversary
It’s con season, as noted over on the Generations Geek blog. I will be at CONvergence over the Fourth of July weekend and at Shore Leave the weekend of July 15. Cons are a weird experience for me. Although I’ve been a sci-fi geek essentially my entire life, cons were not a big deal for … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on a Few Things
Back at my old day job as an editor for Zenith Press, I would sometimes have authors call with concern about their Amazon ranking. "I was at X just last week, now I'm at X-1,245,619. What happened? What can we do?" My stock answer was to explain that no one really knows the algorithms Amazon uses to … Continue reading I’m No. 1[,289,791]!
I've been revising my short story "The Satellite Dish," which is a follow-up to "The Mailbox" and takes place three years later, in 1984. Back in my college years while I was working toward my English degree with an emphasis on creative writing, I generally wrote nongenre fiction for my classes, what is sometimes called "literary fiction," … Continue reading Minnesota Stories