Archives for SFF & Writing

The Day I Fell in Love

I’m one of those who remembers little of early childhood. I have, however, a sun-bright memory of sitting rapt at my schooldesk in Mrs. Goluba’s second grade class, aged seven, as she read aloud to us, over a period of several weeks, A.A. Milnes’ House at Pooh Corner. That, I distinctly remember, was when I fell in love with books. And now that I think of it, with fantasy literature as a genre as well. I loved Pooh so ardently I begged for it for Christmas. Unwrapping it that morning, I remember not only my delight at the prospect of being able to relive those
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Discovered: Unknown, Unpublished C.S. Lewis poem

Here’s the Press Release: Texas State University   07/01/16 News from the Office of Media Relations Jayme Blaschke  jb71@txstate.edu 601 University Drive San Marcos, TX  78666 (512) 245-2180 Texas State’s Beebe discovers unknown, unpublished C.S. Lewis poem SAN MARCOS – Steven Beebe, a Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State University, has discovered an unpublished and unknown poem authored by famed 20th century author C. S. Lewis. Beebe found the poem while conducting research this summer at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library. Handwritten on the back of one of Lewis’ manuscripts—and authenticated by Lewis scholar, author and handwriting expert Charlie
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Stephen King and George R.R. Martin discuss writing (and Tolkien, and poker, and family, and kazoos)

—Very fun chat, filmed in New Mexico. The two share, among other things, their childhood “Aha!” moments with books, sci-fi, and horror, and when they knew they wanted to become writers. King, for instance, started submitting stories when he was 12 and sold his first one at 19. “I think creativity is a mystery,” says King. Yes, and perhaps even more mysterious, at least to some of us, is the seemingly innate self-confidence that enables a kid to withstand years and years of rejections without (apparently) suffering crippling self doubt. In the end, I’m with Martin: “How in the bleep do
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Reminding ourselves of what we already know (or think we do)

I’m a (Catholic) student of the Jewish ethical practice known as Mussar. Our main class text is Ramchal’s (Rabbi Moses Hayyim Luzzatto) The Path of the Upright. In the introduction, Ramchal tells his readers that his purpose is not to teach something new, but to remind us of what we already know. I was reminded of this concept while reading Paul Jarvis’ charming little motivational book for Creatives, The Good Creative: 18 Ways to Make Better Art. See, while I’ve been at this “creative” business of writing and publishing for decades now, and can truthfully say that there is nothing
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How to Write a Book that doesn’t Suck, by Michael Rogan

How to Write a Book That Doesn’t Suck and Will Actually Sell: The Ultimate, No B.S. Guide to Writing a Kick-Ass Non-Fiction Book, is a short, breezy intro to whipping out short, breezy, and highly-focused how-to, niche-market ebooks to sell on Amazon. I might hastily add that this is far from a comprehensive work on writing and publishing authoritative non-fiction, but that’s part of Rogan’s point and purpose: sometimes (nowadays, often) readers are looking for quick-and-dirty (and cheap) information on a very specific subject. They haven’t the time, patience, or funds to buy and read comprehensive works. They want just-the-facts,
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9 Things I’m doing to prep for NaNoWriMo, Part 3

(Read Part 1 or Part 2) 7. Committing to a schedule/plan to keep healthy & sane Over time, I’ve seen the wisdom of starting my writing day with morning meditation and prayer time, a half hour or so. Along with my coffee, of course, and lots of water–I’ve got half-gallon sized pitcher on my desktop which my Beloved refills for me every morning, no kidding. (And no, you can’t have him.) Besides being good exercise for the soul, this practice clears my head and helps me focus. Fact is, I sometimes get my best plot ideas while praying or meditating. Did I
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9 Things I’m doing to Prep for NaNoWriMo, Part 2

 (Back to Part 1) 4. Cleaning up Desktops and Inboxes Don’t know about you, but it’s amazing how many email lists I manage to get myself on over the months, and how many files accumulate on both my physical & PC desktops. So I’ve sorted through my Inbox. I’ve unsubscribed from the advert lists that distract rather than aid, and promised myself not to check email, during NaNoWriMo, until after my daily quota is logged. I thought about setting an email autoresponder, but I don’t like getting those myself. Once a day email processing seems like the wiser compromise. And I’m letting fam, friends, and
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