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Writing Small

| May 16, 2022

I moderated a panel on “Writing Small” at Flights of Foundry, during which we talked a lot about flash fiction and other stories told in very small word counts. I was on a similar panel four years ago, since which time I’ve written and sold a lot more flash fiction and gotten a better grasp […]

Stephen Fry on Meter, Part 3

| May 9, 2022

As I mentioned previously, I’m working through Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled very slowly to absorb as much wisdom as I can about writing poetry. This week’s post covers Chapter 1, Section 3, on other meters. After sections on iambic pentameter and variations, this section introduces lines with fewer than or more than five “feet.” […]

Assembling Anthologies

| May 2, 2022

At the recent Flights of Foundry online convention, one of the panels I spoke on was about assembling anthologies. I’ve talked about this topic previously, though only in a very cursory way. This panel brought together people like me, who have edited Kickstarted anthologies with folks who have edited comics anthologies and anthologies showcasing underrepresented […]

Returning to the Office and Writing

| April 25, 2022

It’s been almost two years since I’ve worked in the physical office for more than one day a week. But as the company I work for moves toward a hybrid work plan, in which I’ll be working from the office two days a week, I’m finding I have to re-learn what it’s like to write […]

Underrepresented Mythologies at QuaranCon 2022

| April 18, 2022

On April 7th, I moderated a QuaranCon panel on Underrepresented Mythologies, and it’s available to watch on YouTube (linked above).  This was a fantastic panel with five wonderful panelists who had great answers to my questions! We had people who have worked with a variety of Eastern European mythologies, Middle Eastern mythology, and a lot […]

Stephen Fry on Meter, Part 2

| April 11, 2022

As I mentioned previously, I’m working through Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled very slowly to absorb as much wisdom as I can about writing poetry. This week’s post covers Chapter 1, Section 2, on end-stopping, enjambment, caesura, weak endings, and trochaic and pyrrhic substitutions. This section of the chapter follows on learning the rules […]

Checking In after Three Months without Novel Writing

| April 4, 2022

It’s been roughly three months since I decided that I would put novels on the VERY backburner for 2022. I told myself that I would check in with this decision roughly quarterly to decide if it was still working for me. So far, the answer is a resounding yes. I’m still juggling a lot of […]

Time Tracking

| March 28, 2022

One of the most valuable takeaways I’ve gotten from the productivity and creativity classes I worked on earlier this year is the idea of time tracking. In my day job, we track the amount of time we spend on projects in 15-minutes increments, so it’s not something that was foreign to me. But the idea […]

Giving Yourself Permission to Play

| March 21, 2022

I’ve talked before about the idea of “writing play,” in which you aren’t necessarily writing with an end goal in mind. But it’s a hard thing to do when you’ve got things you want to get done, and it’s especially hard if, like me, you often take on a lot at any given time. I’m […]

Stephen Fry on Meter, Part 1

| March 14, 2022

As I mentioned previously, I’m working through Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled very slowly to absorb as much wisdom as I can about writing poetry. This week’s post covers Chapter 1, Section 1, on spoken English, meter, and iambic pentameter. The beginning of this chapter talks a lot about stressed and unstressed syllables, and how […]