Has it been a decade* already? The calendar says it has. The 19th of August, 2005, in the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington, I had the honor of receiving the Writers of the Future Award from none other than Frederick Pohl and Jerry Pournelle. Since most of the good things that happened in my…

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If my attendance at LonCon3 had been a Kickstarter campaign, I would be clapping and cheering and sending out rewards right now, because my stretch goals, however implicit, are all in the bag. Modest Plans Admittedly, I had modest expectations of the Con. Attending a couple of interesting panels, getting a couple of my oldest books…

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Queen of diamonds, the third in my trilogy of really-long-stories-written-in-the-middle-of-the-decennium, just bagged its 17th rejection. What’s up with that? I wrote it between Conversation with a mechanical horse (Writers of the Future published finalist) and Meeting the Sculptor (WotF first place winner), and love it as least as much as those two. It made WotF…

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Writing is, almost by definition, a lonely occupation.* Fortunately, that doesn’t stop “us writers” from flocking together at the least provocation. Be it a signing, or a Con, or a workshop; any excuse is good enough to get together and act geeky. The latest occurance of this flocking behaviour was the second Villa Diodati Writers’…

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Cool thing to try on the web: Zumyn! What was once (about 15 years ago?) an original and innovative artform is now available for anyone with a large stock of digital photographs, a broadband connection, and some patience. Zumyn offers you the opportunity to create an enlarged version of any photograph you care to upload,…

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On a roll here! Okay, it’s 15 months overdue, but I was so psyched by yesterday’s submission that I grabbed my notes on the 2005 WotF workshop story ‘Into the deep’ and started revisions. The Writers of the Future workshop includes a brilliant writing exercise. Each participant (Writers of the Future contest winner) is given…

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That was fun! Invited to give a lecture on my writing and my Writers of the Future experience, I decided there wasn’t much need to talk about myself. Instead, I opened with the first four paragraphs of ‘Meeting the Sculptor’ (the first words out of my mouth), gave the briefest of introductions about who I…

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