Monday, December 9, 2013

On Writing from Ray Bradbury

"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for."

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy."

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."

"I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice."

Friday, October 25, 2013

On Writing Well

"One of the strangest things about writing well is that it requires two different zones of the brain--rigor and recklessness--simultaneously." Carole Maso

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jack Kerouac's list of 30 beliefs and techniques for prose and life. A must-read from Number 4 is great..."Be in love with your life"

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dwarf Stars 2013

My short poem, "Human Beings From Earth," is one of many chosen by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to be included in the Dwarf Stars Anthology for 2013. The anthology represents the best speculative poems of 1-10 lines published during the previous year. From these poems, the Association's voting body will then choose one winner. I doubt my funny little homage to a classic Twilight Zone episode will take the prize, but it's fun to be nominated.

Monday, April 29, 2013

On Screenwriting

"What you leave out is as important as what you leave in." Alexander Mackendrick (excerpted from ON FILM-MAKING: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CRAFT OF THE DIRECTOR Edited by PAUL CRONIN)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Words From a Zen Monk

"Years of digging the earth searching for the blue sky,
piling up layer upon layer of mediocrity.
Then one dark night the ceiling blew off,
and the whole structure disappeared into emptiness." Muso

Monday, February 25, 2013

Words From Dune

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”  Frank Herbert, Dune

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Ambiguity does not mean lack of clarity. Ambiguity may be intriguing when it consists of alternative meanings, each of them clear." Alexander Mackendrick

Friday, January 18, 2013

Concussion now up at Escape Pod

My story "Concussion" is now up at Escape Pod. If you like science fiction and football (I realize there is little overlap in these two worlds), then sit back in your chair or get in your car and give it a listen. Oh, and feel free to tell your friends.

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 in Review - Published Works

This seems to be the time of year that everyone is releasing their list of published works from the previous year, so here are mine from 2012. I hope I haven't missed any.


"Magnitude Seven" (Audio), (Pseudopod 303, October, 2012; originally published as a long poem in the print version of Nightblade, Dec. 2011)

"The Mirror With Six Faces" (Flash Fiction Online, June, 2012)

"Hoist With an Ark to the Stars" (Daily Science Fiction, May, 2012)


"Ana Morphosis" (Ideomancer, 11:3, Beth Langford editor) (Online)

"I Am" (Star*Line, Volume 35, Issue 1, Marge Simon editor) (Print)

"Doorways" (British Fantasy Society Journal, Spring 2012, Ian Hunter editor) (Print)

"Soaked Through" (Eye to the Telescope, January, 2012, Jeannine Hall Gailey editor)

"Zen Fish" (Star*Line, Volume 35, Issue 2, Marge Simon editor) (Print)

Untitled Senryu (Beyond Centauri, April, 2012, Teri Santitoro editor) (Print)

Untitled Scifaiku (Scifaikuest, May 2012, Teri Santitoro editor) (Print)

Untitled Scifaiku (Scifaikuest, February, 2012, Teri Santitoro editor) (Print)

Untitled Scifaiku (Scifaikuest, May, 2012, Teri Santitoro editor) (Online)

"Traces" (Scifaikuest, May, 2012, Teri Santitoro editor) (Online)