This Dated Essay of the Month isn’t dated at all. In fact, I have been thinking about the proper use of detail as I prepare for a workshop that we’re doing (for professionals) with Sheila Williams of Asimov’s in mid-September. Writers often forget about detail. They get lazy, they do it wrong, or they’ve never learned it in the first place. I wrote this essay […]
A great month for reading until the last week or so, when I got bogged down in a book by one of my favorite authors. Had anyone else written it, I would have quit on page 100, but I was convinced it would get better (based on her track record). It didn’t, but I slogged through. I was relieved to leave it and read a […]
HBO is running a short documentary of Helen Thomas, the White House reporter who has covered 9 presidents. Thomas has always been a hero of mine. When I wanted to be a journalist, I wanted to be one in the Helen Thomas vein, who wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power or to ask the hard questions. The documentary, Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas […]
My story, “The Poop Thief,” has just appeared in Denise Little’s fun anthology, Enchantment Place. Enchantment Place has received a starred review in Romantic Times Book Reviews, and “The Poop Thief” was singled out as one of the highlights of the volume. You’ll find excellent stories from Mary Jo Putney, Esther Friesner, Christina York and many others as well.
The Worldcon reports are coming in and SF Signal has been keeping track of them. You can find links to all the reports here. As for the second part of mine, I decided, after this brutal summer in sf, that I would see as many of my friends and mentors as possible. Even though this was the most sprawled Worldcon I’ve ever been to (spread […]
We arrived home from Worldcon late Monday. It was a good convention–a lot of fun to see old friends, meet a few new ones, and connect with readers. I have often said that everyone who goes to Worldcon has a completely different experience. One fan told me that she spent her entire Worldcon in the reading rooms, listening to writers read their work. Another never […]
I’m still at Worldcon and am running off to appear on programming. But I thought I’d note something absolutely grand. Last night, I tied the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Short Form. Michael Flynn’s marvelous story, whose title (in Latin) I’m not going to attempt from memory, and my “Recovering Apollo 8” tied. What an honor. Of course, Michael and I had to pretend […]
I’ll be at the World Science Fiction Convention in Denver this week. Here’s my schedule for folks who are going. I do like meeting readers, and hope to see you there. Those of you who live in Denver and just want to come for one day can get a day membership at the door. You’ll find all the information you need here. Locations are in […]
This is a good way to start the month: Another new story has just appeared, this one in Baen’s Universe. The story is on-line, so you can read half of it for free. But seriously, think of subscribing. The magazine is excellent.