Vegetarian Update.

I’ve gradually reduced my meat consumption over the years through a series of fits and starts, and I thought I’d list some points from the latest phase in my years-long conversion. I started this month with a personal goal to eat vegetarian, but to allow myself one meat-containing Japanese meal each week. I only had … [Read more…]

My Clarion West Experience: No Conflict, No Story.

No conflict, no story. We learned this lesson within the first day or two of the workshop. We were also taught that the best authors are sadists who delight in tormenting their protagonists, making them suffer, placing them in horrific situations where they have to make heart-wrenching decisions. And this is the problem as I … [Read more…]

Clarion West Non-update.

Some of you have expressed interest in reading the stories I churn out. If you’re afflicted with this minor-insanity, ping me via email (and not in the comments). I have to warn you–they’re going to be pretty rough. We barely get time to write–we read and critique about 65000 words in 17 separate stories per … [Read more…]

Clarion West 2010: Week 0.

Rather than processing, I think I’m going to give myself permission to log or list experiences, feelings, goals and images, instead of crafting a narrative out of them. I don’t think I’ll have time to process until post-Clarion, and my storytelling powers will be focused on the weekly deadlines for the workshop. The few days … [Read more…]


Today’s highlights: – sat through a project post-mortem/review meeting. Considered it a glimpse of story critique sessions I’ll experience…soon! – tried to chat with Jana via skype but the internet gods did not cooperate. – that’s actually it. work work work. had pizza with the kiddos while laughing at the close of Hitchhiker’s Guide to … [Read more…]

Going through the Motions:

Only for another ten days! I’m learning something–I seem to be most successful at writing if I make it my first priority of the day. Today I completed a rewrite on a 1300 short short and got an excellent critique back. Then other things, important things, took over: workworkwork (“Goooooing through the motions~~~”), cooking dinner, … [Read more…]