Saying I’m a heavy sleeper is like calling Mount Everest a large hill, Albert Einstein a clever fella, the female orgasm a nice feeling. A few years back, a gas leak in an apartment building around the corner lead to a massive explosion in the small hours of the night. The explosion levelled half the…

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My first review! HorrorScope did a review of Issue 20 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM), the issue containing Beans and Marbles. It may ‘just’ be an Australian review weblog, but it’s still the first time any reviewer mentions one of my stories by name, not to mention my own name, and favorably at that….

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So far, my newfound urge to write (brought home from Seattle, where the Writers of the Future workshop caused it) is paying off. It may not be the greatest story I’ve written – actually, it is probably the worst – but my entry for the Halloween contest of my Codex Writers Group is finished and…

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A writer’s curse is his inability to be a fair judge of his own work. Either that, or my just-submitted story for the Halloween Contest of my Codex Writers Group really sucks as badly as I fear. To quote one of the characters: “Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame.” But at least I worked in all…

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There was something else as well upon coming home from school camp. A delivery slip from DHL. The two boxes the delivery guy had attempted to deliver are much more interesting, but I can’t resist mentioning his unique approach to filling out the yellow-and-red notification form. It seems he had trouble entering information into the…

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It may not be the most obvious thing to have learned from Charles Brown, but it turned out to be a very useful lesson nevertheless: the proper pronunciation of ‘Arrrrrg!’ Charlie Brown is editor of Locus Magazine, the essential resource for any speculative fiction writer. Like in 2004, he made an appearance at the Writers…

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Man, I hope I never get jaded. At the Writers of the Future workshop, I met some very prolific writers; not only did people like Anne McCaffrey (Pern!), Kevin J. Anderson (of Star Wars and Dune fame) and Jerry Pournelle (The Mote in God’s Eye and other great SF) make an appearance; more recent successes…

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Upon coming home from work last night – yes, I still have my day job – I found three identical envelopes in my mailbox, their only distinguishing feature the huge and colorful stamps. The postmark identified them as coming from Australia, so my natural assumption was that my new Writers of the Future friend, the…

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Everybody seems to be doing it, so why shouldn’t I? My recent (second) experience at the Writers of the Future workshop and gala, in Seattle from 13-19 August, left me with a slight melancholy feeling, a bunch of good and mediocre writing ideas, a ton of motivation, and most of all several new friends whom…

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Had I lived in LA, I would have undoubtedly died in shooting incidents dozens of times over by now. As things stand, the only thing that suffers from events like the one this afternoon is my adrenaline gland and my faith in the human condition. On the upside, I permit myself a slight feeling of…

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