On Showing vs. Telling; or, More Cowbell!

Pic of Christopher Walken with famous line: I got a fever and the prescription is More Cowbell!

I'm going to say a couple of blasphemous things here. First, "Don't Fear the Reaper" could use more cowbell. And second, in writing it's sometimes okay to tell rather than show. A friend posted this article by Chuck Palahniuk in our writing … [Continue reading]

The Highwayman’s Quarry – Architecture

Writing fiction set in the late eighteenth century, it's easy to imagine every building falling into the Georgian period of architecture, something like this image of the Crown and Anchor: … [Continue reading]

Daring and Decorum Has a Publisher

Photo of pens and contract with Supposed Crimes

I'm so pleased to announce that Daring and Decorum will be published later this year by Supposed Crimes, a small publisher focusing on LGBTQ genre fiction. Among their stable of writers is Geonn Cannon, the award-winning author of the Riley Parra … [Continue reading]

I Hope Trump Fails

picture of Donald Trump

I hope Trump fails to destroy our nation. I hope Trump fails to defy our Constitution. I hope Trump fails to repeal Obamacare. I hope Trump fails to deport the Dreamers. I hope Trump fails to overturn marriage equality. I hope Trump fails to … [Continue reading]

Endless Cups of Tea

Kameron Hurley has a great new post, "The Madhatter Teaparty: Rescuing Your Characters from Endless Cups of Tea," about the problem of novels becoming too talky. Plot kicks my ass. It kicks my ass up one end of a story and down another, because … [Continue reading]

New Writing

I wrote a piece on Native Californians and the environment for KCET's website. It's part of their Tending the Wild series. Very pleased about this, and thanks to Chris Clarke for asking me to do it. You can find it here. … [Continue reading]

Writing Fiction Ate My Nonfiction Brain

(So I only waited nine months to write my first post of the year — long story for another time.) I was writing an article for KCET.org recently when I realized that my brain doesn't work quite the way it used to. This should have been a return to … [Continue reading]

Tremontaine at the Midpoint

(Spoiler warning: The following review gives away a couple of events in the first quarter of the series in order to establish character conflicts. Beyond that, you won’t find any big plot revelations.)  Tremontaine, Serial Box Publishing’s … [Continue reading]

Tremontaine: Go Read It

What the title says! If you saw my preview of Tremontaine, you know how much I love Ellen Kushner's Riverside universe. Nearly halfway through, this prequel series is everything I wanted it to be. You can sample the first episode or subscribe to … [Continue reading]

Desert Trilogy Releases Today!

My chapbook of three short stories set in the California desert is now available for your ereading devices. It's officially $2.99, but if you hurry, you might still get it at the $0.99 pre-order price. (It takes a while for Amazon and other retailers … [Continue reading]

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