Temporary Silence

I just wanted to let everyone know that the post I had planned to do today on “knowing your audience” is going to be delayed, probably until next week at the earliest. We had a death in the family, and as a result I’m just about to leave for an emergency trip to the East Coast (quite grumpily, as I hate airports and coach-class seats even in happy circumstances and at off-peak travel times). Hopefully everything will be back to normal here in the New Year.

Meanwhile, happy holidays, and I wish everyone peace and prosperity in 2012!

On Choosing a Pen Name

Last week’s post about the importance of branding your writing with different pen names for different audiences prompted a friend to suggest that a post about how to choose a pen name might be appropriate. At first I balked, because this is an area where I’m very much not an expert. But then, I remembered the power of the blogosphere, which is that we can all comment and post responses in our own blogs. In other words, this a wonderful opportunity for a community roundtable on the subject! So, here are my thoughts, which I would love for all of you to chime in on.

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A Good Link

SFWA has just posted a new guest blog, “How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day” by Rachel Aaron.  Obviously, this is one writer’s personal approach, so your mileage may vary, but I’ve already found on my own that  a great deal of what she recommends is true for me as well.  (I, however, am much more productive at home with internet where I can pop online to do a bit of research when I need to and where I’m not worrying about whether or not the dog is tearing the house to pieces without me.)  Her three-point system I think is excellent, and I strongly advise anyone who is trying to increase their output to take her advice very seriously.

Free Fiction: Final Voices

Every so often I have a piece of short fiction that I believe is worth sharing with the public, but which doesn’t find a home with a publisher. I will on occasion publish one of these pieces here, accompanied by a conversation on what I like about the piece and what I think its weaknesses are. You are welcome to join in the conversation in the comments section.

Final Voices

by Kyle Aisteach

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