Writer’s Superstitions

These days, I hope the only superstition that writers stick to is finding a place with uninterrupted WiFi, a laptop that won’t suddenly commit seppuku, and a steady supply of coffee or other liquid fuels. In fact, I am writing this right now in such a place and my luck is holding. Knock on wood. Continue reading “Writer’s Superstitions”

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Part Two of My Notes from a Recap of RWA National 2018

When we left our erstwhile author, she was taking notes by hand on the Recap of the 2018 National RWA Conference. Now she is attempting to transcribe those notes and do laundry and make a shopping list while hoping the dog can wait to be walked another hour. Let’s look in at her progress. Continue reading “Part Two of My Notes from a Recap of RWA National 2018”

Science Fiction Quadruple Feature

You would not believe how much fun a book festival can be for a writer. Okay, maybe you would. But most people think these events are only for readers. After all, there are a bunch of books for sale, a few to be given away, and authors to meet and get a signature from. But there are also writers groups, like Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Writers Ink. More than you can possibly join and attend on a regular basis without a Time Turner.

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Suffering Characters

I can’t find and don’t remember who said something to the effect of get your characters up to their eyeballs in alligators and then throw stones at them. It’s good advice and looking back at my favorite books and movies, there is a common theme of how close to losing it all the characters came. By the bye, being up to any body part in alligators is a uniquely American phrase. Perhaps in Ancient Egypt, they were up to their asses in asps, but no record has survived. Continue reading “Suffering Characters”

A Typical Day at San Diego Comic-Con International

My history with Comic-Con SD goes back decades. Being a huge fan of Star Trek, when my fan group became involved with the comic convention, we started showing up every year. The convention was small enough back then to fit into a regular hotel convention room. The cast of Star Trek except Shatner and Nimoy showed up, the first media stars to grace the convention. There was even a banquet where for a small price you could stress about broccoli in your teeth next to huge names in comics like Jack Kirby and Neal Adams. Continue reading “A Typical Day at San Diego Comic-Con International”