Kill the Ones They Love

Fans are a mixed blessing. I've been reading about True Fans and I've been reading commentary by the fans of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Torchwood. And it seems there's a lesson in there about Fan Rage. Fan Rage may be more prevalent in sci-fi and fantasy genres sicne they're the genres in which fans …

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My Narrow View Is Sharp Enough to Stab Him in the Eye

I spend a stupid amount of time worrying if my writing is good enough. But apparently what I needed was a good old-fashioned sexist attack to make me know my writing is a damn well just fine. Have you seen the article about VS Naipaul? NPR picked up the story from The Guardian. And Naipaul …

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Maybe a Bad Book

It "may be a very bad book." I read this in The Paris Review: Interviews Part I---- Kurt Vonnegut:...Now, judging from the reviews my latest book, Slapstick, has received, people would like to bounce me out of the literary establishment--send me back where I came from. Interviewer: There were some bad reviews? Vonnegut: Only in …

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Maybe Leave the Mistakes

You may be bored by interviews, but I love interviews with writers and artists and scientists. I am reading The Paris Review Interviews: vol. I. Have you read these interviews? My favorite interview so far is with Jorge Luis Borges. Mostly I liked it because Borges came across as someone I'd want to talk to. …

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Maybe This Voice

This may become tedious. Forcing myself to blog and write a short story every single day is a challenge all right----to me and my readers. Okay, maybe not my readers. You aren't obligated to do anything. But what is all this writing for? This morning I read an article in Vanity Fair by Christopher Hitchens----Unspoken …

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Maybe a Temper Tantrum

Sometimes I may begrudge every other published writer everything. You know, in moments of personality collapse. Meaning, those moments when I'm not the great and fantabulist soul I want to be. (Yes. Fantabulist.) Those moments when I'm resistant, cranky, jealous, and generally not nice. (All you saints out there can begin throwing stones at any …

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