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Your Baby Is Ugly

We all think our own babies are beautiful. Our extended families do, too. Perhaps they—and we—see something beyond the physical. Perhaps we add the preparation and labor to our overall vision of this baby and, because of all that went into having the baby, we think it must be beautiful. We could not imagine a…

And Then . . .

The publisher told me today Peter is going into formatting and (fingers crossed) will be up for pre-order early next week. Huzzah! Yes, I’m the kind of person who says “huzzah.” Meanwhile, I continue to fight my way through Changers revisions. I’ve cut a lot from the beginning of the book, but not as much…

My First Podcast

I just participated in a workshopping of a 10-minute play as part of the Ten Minute Play Workshop, and the workshop was audio recorded for podcast. I’ve never been part of a podcast before. (Yes, I realize for many of you it is a routine way of life, but not for me.) As someone who…

Wherefore

Something I read today made me wonder: Is it important to know why a writer writes something? (I’m thinking fiction here, mind, since I feel the nonfiction answer might be different.) My rule is that good writing should communicate whatever it needs to communicate in the absence of authorship. That is, a good author is…

Freelance Editor? Yes or No?

At the San Francisco Writers Conference, there was a small herd of freelance editors on offer—you could meet with one that handled your genre and he or she would give you feedback on, say, the first page of your manuscript. I did meet with one, though I didn’t have a page to show her. Mostly…

The Problem of Not Being Black Listed

I really would like to try putting my stuff on this new Black List. Problem? I have a short and a television spec, and they’re only taking feature scripts. While I certainly understand that features are what Hollywood is most interested in, and therefore it’s to the Black List’s benefit to focus on them, I…

A Torch for Torchwood

I finally got around to watching that Torchwood: Children of Earth series. I had enjoyed Miracle Day, but I think Russell T. Davies does best when writing more tightly; at five episodes, Children of Earth was definitely more intense than Miracle Day. I have to also say, I think Russell T. Davies has it all…

Steven Moffat Is a Sexist Jerk

Or something like that. I was going to go for a subtler title, but that really about sums it up. At least based on a few articles making the rounds. There’s this one and this one, for example. So I can’t claim credit for the idea. It doesn’t take much of a stretch to project…