This is Halloween

This is Halloween

I adore Halloween. A fair number of people think I shouldn’t because it’s a quintessentially American holiday. And let’s just say that since the Bush years, the constant Americanization of cultures around the world has not been very popular. But...
The stick and the carrot

The stick and the carrot

I’ve talked at length about all the ways that I’ve been using rewards to get myself to get things done. Technically, the work itself is probably supposed to be enough, and sometimes it is. But most of the time you just need something extra. I tend to...
I started a YouTube channel!

I started a YouTube channel!

I’ve been thinking about starting a YouTube channel for a good while now. I’m still not ready, but I’m not sure I would ever actually be ready. So I took my own advice and just got...
On being political

On being political

As I write this, writer twitter is through another round of “should you share your political opinions publicly?”. Ignoring for a moment the notion that there’s any such thing as a-political fiction, in a world where your very identity makes you...
Stop trying to make Fetch happen

Stop trying to make Fetch happen

Last December we decided that after three years of living in this apartment, it was time to make my sewing room usable. Recently, this process reached the phase of having to go through all my sewing WIPs. This process has me thinking large thoughts about getting rid...
Friendshelf

Friendshelf

One of the best things about being a writer is that eventually, you start making friends with other writers. And sooner or later those same friends start putting out books that look exactly like them and you get to read them all! And since a number of my friends have...
The canon is changing

The canon is changing

I recently read The Forever War. I’m pretty sure I must have read it as a teenager as well, but I still can’t remember for sure. The thing is, I kept thinking about how much I wanted to love that book. It was many of the things that I love about space...
Taking a break to catch up

Taking a break to catch up

I’ve been trying to work pretty much non-stop all year. The last time I took an actual break was around Christmas last year. For the month of September, I’m sort of taking a break, except not really. I’ve got a lot of small tasks that have been sort...
Startitis

Startitis

We have definitely arrived in autumn, which means that it feels like things should be starting. I have this urge to buy office supplies. But worse than that, is the bad case of startitis I seem to have picked up somewhere. Startitis is defined as an unreasonable urge...
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rejection

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rejection

One of the things that a writer has to learn, especially early on, is how to deal with rejection. There is no writer alive who hasn’t gotten rejected a number of times. Most continue to gather rejections well into their careers. It gets rarer, but I have heard...