The Sf/f Community Isn’t Showing Its Best Right Now

The SF/F community outed a handful of bastards a couple of weeks ago. As usual, there were a few, well duh, have you read how women are portrayed/preyed upon in their books? There were a few I hadn’t heard of. And then there were a couple of authors I admire. First time for that, and…

Discord

I’m struggling, as I’m sure a lot of you are, to create right now. I touched on this a little bit in my last post and I wanted to check in with everyone, update you on my progress and see what tips we can share. It’s not just the creating itself that’s difficult. It’s finding…

A Tale of Two Writing Groups

I belong to two writing groups. An online group that meets on Sundays and a local group that used to meet at Starbucks on Wednesdays, but has switched to Discord due to Covid. The online group has been my steady rock. If anything, more writers are showing up on Sundays, the conversation gets deeper and…

Upheaval

Whelp. Had a handful of ideas for this post percolating—attended my first virtual con, dealt with the bummer of my favorite con making the call to cancel, wanted to talk about artistic resources in the time of pandemic and zoom writing groups and balancing not only your own spoons but the spoons of your support…

Quaran-Time

With the entire world shut down for months on end, you’d think we’d all have more time on our hands, right? Plenty of time to catch up on old projects. To clean. To create. To recoup. I don’t know about you, but I have taken on so much catching up, and cleaning, and homeschooling that…

Good Writing

Years ago, I read a Tumblr post that was wrong. Though I am older and wiser, that post is still wrong and I think about it a lot. Not for its wrongness – though I excel at dwelling on such things—I think about that wrong post because its so very wrongness allowed me to coalesce…

In Praise of Spreadsheets

My love for spreadsheets is as bottomless as a pair of chaps. I use them to track everything: word count, books read, books to be written, lists of names & place names, to-do lists, tracking story issues. Oh, the things I track. Lately, because of Everything™, my word count spreadsheets are not as spectacular as…

The Community Table

Got my creative mojo refilled during last Sunday’s writers’ group. Lots of shop talk, which is my favorite topic ever. How to write. How to write better. How to struggle with writing and doubt yourself too much. How to plot, to outline, to pants, to get in the flow. How many metaphors are too many?…

Scraps

My social media feeds are an avalanche of cooking posts—complaints about out of stock flour, tea and potatoes (the Apocalypse calls for carbs), pictures of freshly baked bread, laments about the endless dishwashing, and tales of quarantine cooking. My favorite are the posts about using up leftovers and scraps. Mostly because I am forever battling…