Sep. 27th, 2013

Daily life: Writing fic again

"So today I did 1.5 hours on workshops, 3 hours plus on layout of a magazine, finished some laundry and did dishes, had a half hour nap, watched 2.5 hours of television, did about an hour on e-mail and business, and still got just under 5,000 words of fiction written plus this blog."

--Dean Wesley Smith.


"It was my practice to be at my table [to write] every morning at 5.30 A.M.; and it was also my practice to allow myself no mercy. An old groom, whose business it was to call me, and to whom I paid £5 a year extra for the duty, allowed himself no mercy. During all those years at Waltham Cross he was never once late with the coffee which it was his duty to bring me. . . . I owe more to him than to any one else for the success I have had."

--Anthony Trollope.


Writing fic again )
Interesting stuff on the web, some by me )
E-mails from me to Noakes about fic-writing, Toughs research, and daily activities (minor spoilers for an upcoming story) )

Jul. 2nd, 2011

Daily life: I'm *waiting*, Muse (*drums fingers*)

"It is not much good, transcribing part of your autobiography into your story . . . , it seldom fits, the ends don't mesh; but what you have read and what you have done and what you have felt and what you know are, after all, the only things you as a writer have to sell, and in some way they gurgle through the sloshy pipes of the brain, losing an amino acid here and picking up an enzyme there, and what emerges is part of you. Probably the best part of you. The best part of all of us is in what we write."

--Frederik Pohl.

How I reply to comments at this blog.


My Muse continues to wander off to stories I *didn't* ask him to write )
Writer's block continues; layout hell begins )
Life Prison research (actually, Triad research )
June wordage )
Writing and publishing and research trips, oh my (Waterman research, among other things) )
Recommendations and other links )
Reply to comments )

Dec. 20th, 2010

Illustrations for "Men and Lads" (Life Prison), plus notes on my research trip

This is a post combining illustrations and a trip report for "Men and Lads," for those of you who would like to follow along on the characters' journey. It's best if you read the story and the historical note before reading this, but there are maps at the beginning of each section below, if that's all you're looking for.

Includes minor spoilers for 'Men and Lads' )

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