I have no fewer than twelve posts that I’ve been planning to write (not counting all of the Star Trek: TOS episodes I’ve already watched and not written about yet), so I can’t blame lack of ideas for my sudden writer’s block. Or lack of time, really. I have as much time as I ever […]Read more "Hitting a Wall (finding excuses to not write)"
In speculative fiction, I’m usually drawn to time travel stories. Such stories spark my imagination, whether in movies, books, comics or television. Who hasn’t wished, at least idly, that they could go back and do something differently, or, alternately, go forward to see what lies ahead? I recently watched the Star Trek: TNG two-parter “Time’s […]Read more "Time Travel Stories (a couple of quibbles)"
The subtitle of this post came from one of Ellison’s many quotes: “I usually say I write for the smartest, cleverest, wittiest audience I know, and that’s me.” A lot of things could be said about Harlan Ellison, and I said a few of them in an earlier post. But, whether he’s hated or revered, […]Read more "Harlan Ellison (1934-2018): The Smartest, Cleverest, Wittiest Audience He Knew"
For me it’s all about character. Give me characters I love, loathe, or otherwise identify with and I’ll read about whatever they decide to do. Long after I’ve forgotten individual storylines, I’ll remember certain characters. If they’re memorable, that is. Stu Redman and Frannie Goldsmith. Bigwig and Fiver. Frodo and Sam. Richie and Fonzie. […]Read more "A Matter of Character (Fiction Writing Techniques)"
I have been suffering from writers’ block for a couple of years now. I know it may not seem like it. I’ve written a lot of posts on this site. More in the last year than in the year before. Most of that surge in creativity can be attributed to the fact that I’ve been […]Read more "When the Urge Strikes…"
This is not an original idea. In fact, I remember learning this writing technique so long ago that I can’t give it proper attribution. I even Googled the term cubing in an effort to give credit where credit is due, with no luck. A few of the places cubing has been discussed in actual print, […]Read more "Cubing (a writing technique)"
It has been said that the eyes are the window of the soul. I used the passive voice in the preceding sentence because I don’t know who said it first. It’s been attributed to Shakespeare, which sounds good, although I can’t find just where he actually wrote it (maybe he just “said” it aloud […]Read more "Me, Myself and Eyes"