The Book of Martha, by Octavia Butler

This wonderful story crossed my dashboard, very appropriately, just in time for Christmas. It has always been clear that Octavia Butler must have a pretty interesting view of God. She has never shied away from addressing questions of worship and spiritual community – such as in her Parable series, which follows the founder of a … Continue reading The Book of Martha, by Octavia Butler

The Value of “Down Time” for Writers

“Libellago lineata male-Kadavoor-2015-08-21-001” © 2015 Jeevan Jose, Kerala, India is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License The Oatmeal once gave a very good piece of advice: if you want to succeed at something creative, think about it really, really hard. Then forget about it. This has been one of the hardest … Continue reading The Value of “Down Time” for Writers

Hardfought, by Greg Bear

Hello lovelies, Since I’m not ready to talk too much about my own work yet – I’m still waiting to hear back from two publishers and holding off on announcements until then – I wanted to talk a bit about drastically underrated work by other people that are already published. “Hardfought”  by Greg Bear was … Continue reading Hardfought, by Greg Bear

Why and How to Write Short Stories (Even If You Normally Don’t)

I am one of those writers who has more trouble writing short than long. Several of my most beloved novel concepts started out as short story concepts – and then just kept growing. I’ve had other writers tell me the same thing – that they just don’t see any point in writing short stories because … Continue reading Why and How to Write Short Stories (Even If You Normally Don’t)

A Rose for Ecclesiastes, by Roger Zelazny

What does the bleakest book of the Bible have in common with the planet Mars? Quite a lot, it turns out, as Roger Zelazny had the insight to see in this 1963 short story, which has been collected in Volume I of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Our understanding of life on Mars has … Continue reading A Rose for Ecclesiastes, by Roger Zelazny

On my Facebook Cover Photo

Good afternoon, everyone. Some of you might be wondering about my Facebook cover photo. Many will recognize it as the “Live long and prosper” symbol from Star Trek; many might connect it to the recent death of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock and who originated that symbol. Here is a little-known fact: the hand symbol … Continue reading On my Facebook Cover Photo

The Queen of Air and Darkness, by Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson is an interesting bird among science fiction writers. Known for his insight into human nature – particularly those things about us which, for all of our science and technology, have not changed – Anderson is sometimes also characterized as being anti-progress, as his work is sometimes critical of the secure, restrained lives led … Continue reading The Queen of Air and Darkness, by Poul Anderson