Category: advice for writers

Clarion Blog – A Creativity Resource for Writers

Here’s a new & recommended blog for speculative fiction writers, the Clarion Blog, “discussing the art, craft, and business of speculative fiction.” Started this May, it offers posts…

Guinea Pig Zombies

Okay, maybe not the best idea I’ve had. But it combines a couple of hot movies of the year, G-Force and (coming in October) Zombieland. Anyhow (segue!) ….

Problems with Harry Potter Series (Part 1 of 2)

I have great respect for much of what J.K. Rowling has done: succeeding as a first-time published author; weaving a complex plot; selling gazillions of books; getting kids…

The Harry Potter Series – Great Storytelling or Classics of Literature?

My favorite description of what makes a classic comes from magical realist Italo Calvino: “A classic is a work which has not yet finished telling its story.” My…

Malodorous Fantasy, and a Place to Learn to Write Well

Odyssey is an outstanding speculative-fiction writers workshop, a 6-week program (early June to mid-July) with pro editors: serious workshops for serious aspiring writers on their way up. Here…