The Endless struggle between Money and Community Building

Exclusivity is the bane of the industry. I’ve spent the last couple days wrestling with what to do on March 16th. What is so special about that day? that is the day the exclusivity period with Amazon for several of my books comes up. I have the choice to reenroll them for another 90 daysContinue reading “The Endless struggle between Money and Community Building”

World Building Online and the Writerly Text

What is a story? For years I have studied and tried to wrap my head around what constitutes a story now, since the kinds of stories I read, watch, and listen to have changed a lot.  Blog novels, Twitter stories, Audiobooks, Webcomics, Podfiction…  I could go on listing things forever. Over the years, as myContinue reading “World Building Online and the Writerly Text”

Shouting in a Void: Loneliness and Writing

The last couple years haven’t been easy.  After falling into the darkest depths of depression, I withdrew from everything,  By everything, I mean everything.  I stopped going out.  I stopped podcasting.  I stopped blogging. I stopped everything… Things got better.  I got better.  I started blogging again.  I started podcasting again.  I started writing again,Continue reading “Shouting in a Void: Loneliness and Writing”

Take back your life one thing at a time

It is T-17 days until I turn 40, and I am surprised at how that base 10 number is affecting me.  It is not that I feel old, it is more that I am looking back on my life to this point and wondering what (if anything) I have done with it. View fullsize ThisContinue reading “Take back your life one thing at a time”

Write with your voice, not another’s

When I read this article on the University Times, I shouted, booed, and cheered at my computer.  I am not going to respond to it directly or to almost anything said in it.  I just want to share my thoughts on the subject since it’s something I have thought a lot about. As a genderContinue reading “Write with your voice, not another’s”

Creative Storms and the building of Worlds

Many worlds live behind my eyes, and each and every one claws at the edges of my mind to come into being through word and art.  I have played with them, dancing through the night.  I have tried to prioritize them so I can work on one world at a time, but the others shoutContinue reading “Creative Storms and the building of Worlds”

One way to change the world is to act as if it’s already changed.

While I am still on the fence about the new Doctor Who spinoff, Class, showrunner Patrick Ness said something that made me smile: “Ness added: “Kind of astounded that having a gay lead on Class has been such big news. One day it won’t be, one day soon. “BECAUSE IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. OneContinue reading “One way to change the world is to act as if it’s already changed.”

The Big Friendly Giant and Seed of Creativity

Steven Spielberg is making a movie of The Big Friendly Giant. (squee) View fullsize The BFG was one of my favorite books when I was a kid.  It is hard to explain how much this book means to me.  I grew fast.  I was almost always the tallest kid in my class.  When I readContinue reading “The Big Friendly Giant and Seed of Creativity”

What can the Skeleton Warriors of Papua New Guinea teach us about Christmas.

I didn’t expect to be blown away by the sheer beauty of a people that paint themselves as skeletons, but it happened. What is it about these men that took my breath away? They embrace life.  To paint your body with the visage of death reminds us of the precious and fleeting nature of life. Continue reading “What can the Skeleton Warriors of Papua New Guinea teach us about Christmas.”