I was wondering about how to write characters whose ethnicity I don’t share. I have a character in my WiP novel The Asteroid Gambit who is descended from African American forebears. On Mars a lot is different but that’s his history. He’s also a United Nations of Sol Marine. That gives him two sets of […]
Classification is hard. When we encounter the unfamiliar, we try to classify it according to a scheme we are familiar with. We do this on the basis of features, aspects of the object that somehow match the features of something familiar, to a greater or lesser degree. But which features do we focus on? When […]
October is coming to an end and still no takers. I’ve signed up with Literarium, which regularly posts calls for submissions. I’m wrapping up the tweaks of my novel IX – New Millennium and hope to send it out this week. The Revolt on Mars, my second essentially complete WiP, is only 70.000 words but […]
It’s October, I can hardly believe it. I’m querying for two novels. One is The Revolt on Mars, a 70,000 word novella/novel about a rebellion by terraformers against the United Nations of Sol. The other is IX-New Millennium, a novel about the world a millennium after humanity is virtually wiped out by bioweapons. I didn’t make […]
It’s been busy the last month. I participated in #PitchWars 2018 for my newly polished manuscript of The Revolt on Mars. I’m still waiting to see if I get a request for the full manuscript, but I need to stay busy until mentors are announced in October. On Sept 7 I submitted IX – The […]
So I did it. I submitted The Revolt on Mars to PitchWars. It’ll be a month before I know for sure whether a me mentor chooses me. Until then I languish here in limbo. Please read and comment on my short fiction. It’ll give me something else to think about.
This week I am obsessed with #PitchWars. My first completed novel, IX: Awakening, has languished in Rejectistan for over a year. I took some writing courses to help polish my writing and mashed up two short pieces into The Revolt on Mars, which ended up being 71,000 words. Revolt is the piece I am readying […]
Names are more than a convenient reference to a person. Names have content, meaning. I just read a Facebook thread about a made-up character name that evoked an unbelievable potpourri of reactions and wondered what the name of an alien who came to Earth would do when it resonated with some cultural reference to (some […]
I’ve been spending a lot of time with my 8-year old grandson. He wanted to write a story and asked for help. We’ve written four short chapters of Hunting in the Woods involving him and his three young cousins. I read it to all the cousins at a recent family dinner. Beatrix, who’s 10, listened […]
This month (July 2018) I’m participating in Csmp NaNaWriMo for the first time. I’m interested in finishing off my novel WiP The Revolt on Mars. It should be an interesting experience.