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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Published: 2016-08-11T15:34:21-07:00


Characterization Handout


Again, here's a handout I use in my fiction/prose narrative classes that I thought might be useful to others. Feel free to use these guidelines in your workshops, post links back here, and refer people to this post. All I...

Revision Processes


Again, I thought this might be useful to some folks, so I'm posting it here. Many beginning writers don’t revise effectively because they don’t know how. Revision is half of writing however (and half the fun! No, really!) The first...

Claire's Writing Workshop Guidelines


For some reason, I've been having this discussion a lot lately with folks who are teaching and/or participating in writing workshops. I've brought up my own rules for conducting workshops several times, and it occurred to me that it might...

Street Harassment Dudebro F.A.Q.


I'm sick right now, but the kerfuffle around this video has driven me back to blogging. I'm so exercised over some of the comments I've been seeing that I've actually been commenting on YouTube, oG help me, so I've created...

What I Read in 2013


Touch of the Demon Diana Rowland When Lightning Strikes Meg Cabot Code Name Cassandra Meg Cabot Safe House Meg Cabot Sanctuary Meg Cabot 1-800-Where-R-You Meg Cabot Prophecy Ellen Oh The Crown of Embers Rae Carson Mountain Echoes C.E. Murphy Frost...

Clear Guidelines for Not Being Racist On Halloween


There's been a lot of talk about racist Halloween costumes in the last couple weeks, but I haven't seen any direct guidelines for the clueless (other than hilarious stuff like this.) So I thought I'd provide. Here's what blackface is....

Doctors Bad, Doctors Good


I wanted to write about something I was thinking about last night. I've been very frustrated throughout my life by the quality (or lack thereof) of the doctors I have to deal with. To recap: I'm a type one diabetic...

Reading Update: Graphic Nobbels


Secret Identity Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen The Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity Mike Carey and Peter Gross These two were cool to read together, because they're two takes on the same theme: real people who...

Reading Update: Unholy Mess


Okay, I haven't done a reading update at all this year, I think. I'm still doing a lot of re-reading, especially since so many latest installments of my UF series have been coming out and with my CFS memory, I...

Today's Mantra: It Does Not Help


It does not help to beat myself up for having no energy today, although I "feel fine." It does not help to wonder if I just got up and put on street clothes would I feel differently. It does not...



I don't really have much to say. Haven't lately, which is why I haven't posted. But I did promise (myself) that I'd post weekly, and I'm way overdue. So here's what I've been thinking about: Was told recently by a...

Yeah. Short Stories, Not.


Laura Miller isn't buying the "short story boom" story. Totally. Just look at TV and film. So much of our at-home video watching is now cable TV drama series with season-long story arcs. And the most successful films are franchises...

There ARE Second Acts in American Blog Posts


It seems my "damned if you do, damned if you don't" post about white writers writing about POC has been Tumblred and hit some sort of critical mass. It even reached people I know who missed it the first time...

CFS Info Gathering


I've been trying to read what I can about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome online but when I google the words, I get a lot of Mayo Clinic and WebMD stuff. Unfortunately, those medical sites only post what can be substantiated by...

Post-exertional Malaise


It's one of the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it basically means that after you exert yourself, you have a CFS flare-up -- a symptom flare-up. For me, it means getting really tired, or just getting really no-energy. I...

"Smash," Sexism, and Prejudice


I've been watching the TV show Smash and, although it's really not a big issues show, the latest episode this week -- which features sexual harrassment heavily in the plot -- got me thinking a lot about prejudice. Smash is...

When Is the World Unfair to You?


I had a strange and unusual thought yesterday: this whole dizziness thing is unfair. It's strange because I've been sick for three years and have, bit by bit, been losing my physical conditioning, cognitive ability, ability to work, relationships, and...

Dizzy Broad


So I promised to post at least weekly and today's the day or I'll have failed in my resolution while still in January. And I was really feeling better this month, for a whole three weeks or so, but then...

Urban Fantasy Structures and Definitions IV


Stuff: Definition, plus: very useful questions and things to think about when writing an Urban Fantasy. The future of Urban Fantasy. A breakdown of the elements of UF as we understand it today. Hm. Wikipedia. Also, I'm realizing that, for...

Nothin' To Do No One To Do It With


There's a funny interaction between having nothing to do and having no energy to do it with. It's Saturday night and I have nothing to do and nowhere to go because I've had chronic fatigue syndrome for three years and...