Writing Playlist – July 8, 2016

This week’s writing playlist is a bit of a throwback for me. Did you ever watch that show, Carniv├ále? It ran on HBO for a couple of seasons between 2003 and 2005. ┬áThe story had two tracks: a traveling circus, with all its characters, and a preacher, with all of his town and congregation. The backdrop? The Dust Bowl as …

Handwriting practice is writing practice.

You know who had beautiful handwriting? Prince. I’m serious – check out all of the examples of notes that he sent to people. A lot of them popped up immediately after he died. Even Suzanne Vega posted one. His handwriting was gorgeous. Now, I’m not saying that Prince’s handwriting has inspired me to work on my own handwriting. Mostly because …

Writing Playlist – July 1, 2016

There’s this romantic image of the writer hunched in silence over their notebook, the rhythm of their scribbles the only disturbance in the hush of creation. I think that image is well juxtaposed by a more contemporary image of a writer in a coffee shop, headphones blocking out the world while they type to the rhythm of their writing playlist. …

WisCon 40 – a belated report

WisCon is, as far as I know, science fiction’s longest-running effort to smash the kyriarchy in convention form. Every Memorial Day weekend, about a thousand people gather in Madison, Wisconsin to talk about the intersections of science fiction and social justice – and to eat cheese, let’s be real. I’ve attended WisCon for 6 or 7 years now, and it’s …

A selfie to say hello again

These days, I have Twitter and Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. I can post a selfie or a dog picture in an instant from my phone. But it’s been a long time since I sat down at the keyboard on the regular for a longer post, to put down words that weren’t for hire. And that’s funny, since I got my …