Join My Clan! (Announcing the Aisteach Tartan)

I have no way of researching this, but I think I might just be the first science fiction author with his own official, registered tartan.

For those of you who have no idea what that means, a tartan is a plaid pattern, each unique and distinct (and registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans), used in kilts and other Scottish, Irish, and English garments. Different clans, regions, organizations (and now science fiction writers) have their own tartans, and others exist just to show association with a cause or idea.

So if you’re one of those people who has always longed to wear Highland attire but never knew what tartan you should be wearing, you can now sport mine!  Continue reading

Freshman Comp for Fiction Writers

I spent today teaching four of my five Freshman Comp classes — Mondays and Wednesdays are brutal for me this semester — all about the different kinds of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and complex-compound. We do this by writing a whole bunch of them, and then asking ourselves what effect we get by having a whole lot of them all in a row. (Hint: the answer we’re looking for is that we want to mix them up.) But it occurred to me that the advice that the classes all seemed to come to is also good advice for fiction writers.

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