Jun. 11th, 2017

Delay in this week's stories

Jo/e is in the hospital again, due to chest pains. He's going to have exploratory surgery done on him tomorrow, so I'm going to have to delay posting this week's online fiction.

Jun. 4th, 2017

Daily life: Jo/e's health, jammed writing schedule, monthly wordage, and current events

"The dilemma of evil is that even as it carries out its dark, sinister work, it always ends up strengthening good."

--Roberto Miranda.

What I've been up to )

May. 29th, 2017

Daily life: Anniversary, stubborn Muses, rebellious characters, and "Star Trek Beyond"

"There are certain pitfalls you might fall into [when writing m/m fiction], especially [if] you decide to write historicals, but don't panic, I'm here to help. . . .

"When creating a historical character, it's vital to give him morals and sensibilities that the 21st reader will easily comprehend. He must eschew slavery, be entirely politically correct (for the 21st century, remember, not the times in which he lives) and fight to correct injustice like a historical superhero. He will be outwardly proud of being gay and will not attempt to hide it. He will - if he can - marry his beloved in church."

"Whatever you do, don't get bogged down in the era where your hero lives. Don't hesitate to call him Lance, or Calico or Lennon. There's nothing nicer than having a really unusual aristocrat, like Lord Amber or Baron Damocles."

--"Spare Us the Details, Please!" by Erastes, who goes on to note the value of using weather names like Frost or Storm or Zephyr or . . .

(Um. Well. At least I didn't foist my nickname on any of my characters.)

What I've been up to )

Apr. 21st, 2012

Daily life: Stories, Waterman research trip to Southern Md, counselling, carbon footprint, & health

"It used to be that I would clean the oven to avoid writing because traditional publishing was total bleakness interrupted by 10 minutes of happiness when your agent called to say she had sold your book. There followed a year of silence while the book was 'produced.' Publication was brief. The salesmen (you heard right) decided the print run and if it was in the low five digits, the book was DOA. Two years of your life had been eaten up. The Prozac months followed.

"Now I write avidly because I can publish what I write. Once written and edited, I can publish a book in a matter of minutes and sell it 24/7. I have satisfied my two passions: writing and commerce."

--Consuelo Saah Baehr, as qouted in David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital.

What I wrote this month, and what story is coming next )
Waterman research trip to Calvert County in Southern Maryland (illustrated) )
Counselling )
10:10 challenge: Reducing my carbon emissions by 10% )
Dusk's recipe for Vegan Chocolate Pudding )
Health )

Jul. 24th, 2011

Daily life: Hot. Hot. Hot.

"If shopping at your local Borders is part of your weekly routine, and then Borders is gone, you may end up doing something other than buying books."

--Michael Norris, concerning the impact of the closure of the Borders bookstore chain on the publishing industry.

How I reply to comments at this blog.

Continuing to plunge into publishing )
Done. )
The Three Lands and editing )
Work and weather )
The heat index was 119 degrees in my town today )
Weather reports )
A lesson in leatherboy-speak )
Reviews and recommendations of fiction and nonfiction narratives )
Other links )

Jun. 5th, 2011

Daily life: Whoa. So *that's* what my Muse is like when I feed him the right food.

"I figured out early on that writing is about failure. Almost 100 percent guaranteed failure. You'll never write it as well as you want, you will always fall short of perfection, a typo will always slip in, rejection is more certain than death and taxes, and, if you are lucky enough to get published, a horde is waiting to happily rake you over the coals. After a while, you build up great layers of scar tissue. At this point, I don't care what anyone thinks except my readers, who are my only customers. And, in a way, they are among my closest, most intimate friends. So why should I care if some scared writer [who condemns self-publishing] tries to apply a stigma? If you're a writer, you should be scared, but if you go around worrying about other writers, you have your eyes on the wrong prize.

"Listen to readers. They rarely apply stigma. The only labels they care about are 'good' and 'crap.'"

--Scott Nicholson.

How I reply to comments at this blog.

Dear writer who wishes me to read their book/e-book )
What writing I'm working on, now and in the coming months )
In the I'm-so-proud-of-my-boy department . . . )
Muse Marathon )
My Muse and my mental health )
About the Doctor Who episode, 'A Good Man Goes to War' )
Reply to comments )

Feb. 10th, 2011

Daily life: Family pride - my apprentice and my brother

"Basically, it has to be clean enough that the cable repair guy doesn't need to worry about updating his tetanus shot."

--My apprentice, describing a couple of years ago how much housecleaning he needed to do before a repairman's visit.

How I reply to comments at this blog.

What I did today )

Nov. 16th, 2008

Mentoring life: Leather Seminar #1 - "Basics of Resistance Management"

A due warning to all you folks who find discussions of real-life leather to be squicky: You'll want to skip this entry.

Leather Seminar #1: Basics of Resistance Management )

May. 24th, 2008

Mentoring life: Anniversary celebration

"For discipline is the channel in which our acts run strong and deep; where there is no direction, the deeds of men run shallow and wander and are wasted."

--Ursula K. Le Guin: The Farthest Shore.

Topics in this post: family responsibilities, serving as a role model (or not), my leather fiction.

Read more... )

Apr. 7th, 2008

Mentoring life: Being honest with ourselves

"Working as a servant was as much a rite of passage for young people in the late Middle Ages and early modern era as going off to college is today. In contrast with other societies around the world, where servants were usually a class of people doomed to servitude for their entire lives, in northwestern Europe large numbers of young people passed through a phase of service before forming their own households and working their own lands or trades. In northern Europe, anywhere between one-third and one-half of all young people put in time as servants in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the early 1700s, according to one study, 60 percent of all English youths aged fifteen to twenty-four worked as servants at some point in their lives."

--Stephanie Coontz: Marriage, a History.

Topics in this post: military history, orders, leather history, service, protocol, schedules, family hierarchy, religious hierarchy, business hierarchy, support networks for hierarchy.

Read more... )

Mar. 13th, 2008

Mentoring life: How we got started, and where we are now

"No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape [an officer's] attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate."

--John Paul Jones.

Topics in this post: Regency etiquette, long-distance relationships, protocol, leather history, schedule, training, military discipline, leather clubs, spirituality, versatility, feudalism, medieval hierarchy, my writings, memories.

Read more... )

Background to my mentoring life

I mentor Jo/e Noakes. I began by mentoring him in writing, but after a few months, it became clear to both of us that, although he is about the same age as I am, he could also benefit from having me pass on to him some life skills.

Our model is apprenticeship: Noakes learns by helping me do tasks. We also use protocol to help keep our mentor/apprentice roles in mind. In January 2011, Noakes moved in with me, since chronic illness has made it difficult for me to do some daily tasks.

Background to my mentoring entries

A brief guide )

June 2018




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