So, the final proof of the ARC (that’s the uncorrected copy of the book that is produced for people — like reviewers and proofreaders — who need to read it before it comes out) arrived today. I was initially ecstatic.
But, then, I looked closely. Continue reading
So, you may have noticed I’ve been quiet lately. There’s a reason for that: I’ve been busy. And though I’m not sure how real it really feels, I think I’m ready to break the news as to what’s been occupying my time: Continue reading
Well, Ryan Boudinot’s piece in The Stranger continues to prompt discussion, which I suppose means that it’s doing its job. And my own assertion that there’s nothing impeding authors who don’t take writing seriously as teenagers from succeeding is, shall we say, not meeting with universal acceptance. Continue reading
The internet writerly communities are currently talking about a piece in The Stranger by former MFA professor Ryan Boudinot in which he dishes out caustic observations about the general hopelessness of most MFA students. Normally, I’d ignore such a piece, but it seems to be getting traction and some of what Boudinot says I think crosses the line from being something I simply disagree with into being something that is actively harmful. Continue reading
I’ll be attending FOGcon for the first time this year. It’s going to be held March 6-8 in Walnut Creek, CA. They’ve been kind enough to put me on a really fun panel, the Fake Authentic Folklore Improv at 9:30 PM on Saturday.
The part about this that’s baffling is how the programming committee knew that folklore is a research interest of mine. I really didn’t think I’d mentioned that to anyone. Continue reading
So, since my previous post in which I defined “charming” writing as unexpected, polished, and mutli-functional, I’ve been chatting with folks online and off. Trying to define “charm” in writing is elusive, and I think my concept is evolving. So let’s try this again. Continue reading