So now that the dumpster fire that is 2017 has been officially extinguished, it's time to look ahead towards the bright, shiny new year and plan how to make it better. I'm not going to lie; I'm one of those people who love to think about New Year's Resolutions -- but I'm sure you know … Continue reading (Personal) My 2018
This summer I'll be participating in the Clarion Write-A-Thon, a fundraiser for the Clarion Workshop. What is Clarion, you ask? Why, it's the pre-eminent six-week intensive for budding writers in sci-fi and fantasy and it's going on RIGHT NOW. The Write-A-Thon takes place during the workshop as a way to encourage writers to...well, do what … Continue reading (Writing) Clarion Write-A-Thon, Week 2
The biggest takeaway from my week of Infomagical is the seriously wonderful idea of narrowing my focus to one or two things and working on them until they're done. I have a bad habit of saying yes to everything, of getting excited about so many projects and/or collaborations that it becomes really difficult to keep … Continue reading (Writing) Ye Olde List of Projects
I LOVE the rhythms of episodic storytelling. There's the anticipation of setting the scene, the cold open that makes the play for your attention and emotional investment right away, and the momentum that builds through a number of scenes, action set-pieces or conversations that build to a climax that ties the entire episode together through … Continue reading (Writing) Episodic Pacing
The past couple of months have been marked by the death of various tech around the burrow and the attempts to replace them. Now that Bigwig (my desktop) and Hazel-rah (the new laptop) are settled for a while, I can get back to the business of writing and I'm tremendously excited about that. Hazel-rah is … Continue reading (Personal) State of the Jackalope, May 2016
I thought that 2016 was going to be different. With the launch of the Jackalope Serial Company and a host of opportunities for this little black geek to write stories for anthologies specifically for him, I had prepared for a big focus on storytelling. Now we're entering the middle third of the year, and the … Continue reading (Personal) Where I Stand
So the last two weeks haven't been very good for me, focus wise. For the third week in a row, I haven't posted a new part to the Jackalope Serial Company -- something that I set out wanting to avoid at all costs. My story for People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction is practically dead … Continue reading (Personal) In The Weeds
Now that January has been put to bed, it's time to look ahead into the next month. What does a successful February look like for me? For one thing, I'm glad that this month should be a lot quieter than the last one. It gives me time to take a breath, regroup and figure out … Continue reading (Personal) What’s Up in February?
January 2016 was an extraordinarily busy month; everything just took off like a rocket, and it was all that I could do to hold on. Most of the work was anticipated, but I think I under-estimated the effect of a lot of it, and of course my still-developing organizational skills weren't quite up to the … Continue reading (Personal) What Happened in January?
I've been a little more quiet on the writing front than I feel comfortable with, but there's a reason for that. When I get deep into various projects, I tend to talk about them less because I guess I don't want to reveal how the sausage is made before it's presented. When I push a … Continue reading A Look Into the Future