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
Yesterday I submitted my final reviews of the invasive species manuscripts I wrote work-for-hire. I did four of these: Africanized honeybees, red imported fire ants, zebra mussels, and kudzu (the vine that ate the south). These were very short books for elementary school reluctant readers, so they had to be at a specific reading level. … Continue reading It’s Kind of About Invasive Species
Back in 2011, the ever-ebullient Bob Greenberger was contracted to write Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History for Voyageur Press. He solicited sidebar contributions from several other Star Trek writers and fans, including myself. I was excited to be able to contribute to the book. In fact, I’d actually helped the book happen behind the … Continue reading My Lost Star Trek Sidebar
Okay, it wasn’t a bar, it was just me at the computer with a glass of wine. But anyhoo . . . So I’ve got this short story I’m fond of, “The Sad Rains of Mars,” an homage to the late, great Ray Bradbury. It had a couple beta readers during the first few drafts, … Continue reading A Writer Walks into a Bar with a Story on His Mind
So. Last blog post dated July 29, 2014. Today’s date January 25, 2015. What the heck? Well, things just got away from me. I got busy. Last fall my freelance work started picking up after several months of silence. After a mountain of metaphorical tumbleweeds rolling past though empty streets, with only Vincent Price, Charlton … Continue reading Where Have I Been? Hibernation? Coma? Undercover Black-Ops Mission?
Twenty-eight years ago when I graduated college with the highly employable degree of Bachelor of Arts, English and Philosophy (the previous statement has been validated by the Sarcasmatron 9000), I just wanted to get some job I liked to pay the bills while I put most of my energy into my writing. That led to … Continue reading Unpredictable Staggerings and Other Life Choices
Many writers admit that it's a constant struggle to get at the page. There are always things to distract you from the keyboard: family, friends, day jobs, chores around the house, freelance gigs with actual pay checks involved, various neuroses, and blogging about all of the above. As I'm doing right now. See what I … Continue reading Writing Projects: My Steampunkish Novel