Analysis/Reviews, Clarion 2014

Book Review: ‘Storyteller’ by Kate Wilhelm

I never thought I'd get to read Kate Wilhelm's Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Workshop for reasons other than a passive interest in how the Clarion Workshops came to be. But now that I actually stand a damn good fighting chance at going to Clarion San Diego, Storyteller immediately rose to the top… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Storyteller’ by Kate Wilhelm

Random Epiphanies

“Why do you write speculative fiction?”

Well, since it's been a year to the day I finished my first-ever (fantasy) novella, I might as well celebrate it with a writing post. I just got back from coverage of the Panagbenga festival in Baguio. The reporters were billeted at The Forest Lodge, though we usually ate our meals at The Manor, both… Continue reading “Why do you write speculative fiction?”

Analysis/Reviews, Writing

Book Review: ‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’ by Jeff Vandermeer

When I began college, I kept checking out creative writing reference books from the library, or else buying them from bookstores—it's always a pain to discover later on that the book itself is not actually worth what you've paid. I've read all kinds: from dubious, purely instructional manuals to the philosophical but rather useless at… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’ by Jeff Vandermeer

Writing

200 Words at a Time: The Helping Hat (part two)

For Chuck Wendig's 200 words at a time challenge. The Helping Hat by Aaron Browder Dire straits preyed upon the frozen Pentagon City. Its otherwise fair midwinter afternoon was disturbed by a great white beast winding through the streets — one-third dragon, one-third yeti, one-third unrequited lover, and one hundred percent malice. Every three moments it huffed deep, drawing slick-wheeled… Continue reading 200 Words at a Time: The Helping Hat (part two)

Writing

200 Words at a Time: Knifework

For Chuck Wendig's Flash Fiction Challenge.   The wolves came in. That's what happens when you leave the front door open at night, which is exactly what I did. Stupid, stupid, stupid.I was in the kitchen warming up some midnight milk for myself when I saw their shadows slinking along the hallway, breaking up the moonbeams across… Continue reading 200 Words at a Time: Knifework