Category Archives: Science Fiction Story

FOG: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 18

Diving once more into the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales we come to: Um… That’s supposed to be C. Franklin Miller… And there’s an interesting typo in the first paragraph, too: …a certain emotion, a certain tensity, that his … Continue reading

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NOTES FOR A NOVEL THAT I WILL (PROBABLY) NEVER WRITE

“The point of my keeping a notebook has never been, nor is it now, to have an accurate factual record of what I have been doing or thinking,” wrote Joan Didion in her essay “On Keeping a Notebook.” “That would … Continue reading

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JUST . . . WRITE

Last week I posted a short story called “Do You Want Me to Leave You Alone While You Cry?” I wrote this story in exactly 85 minutes, longhand, with a cheap pen using up just a smidge more than five … Continue reading

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DO YOU WANT ME TO LEAVE YOU ALONE WHILE YOU CRY?

“God damn it, just get the fuck off me,” Jane said, her voice deeper, more growly than normal. She pushed with both hands and a chill of panic raced through her when Bret didn’t move. But then he relaxed and … Continue reading

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MOVING FORWARD WITH BACKWARD

As a copy editor, I’ve changed the word backwards to backward probably ten thousand times. Like the word towards, which I whined about in detail for other reasons, the difference between backward and backwards is likewise symbolized by the Atlantic … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XX: HEINLEIN’S RULES: FIVE SIMPLE BUSINESS RULES FOR WRITING

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may be difficult to … Continue reading

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NAVIGATING THE EIGHT EMOTIONS, PART 6: ANTICIPATION

Robert Plutchik, professor emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, identified eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. I’ve seen similar lists from experts as varied as Donald Maass and Tony Robbins. Some are a … Continue reading

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