writing

Editor Roselinde Bouman, myself, and Maarten Boers at the contract signing

A Dream Come True: My Publisher Bought My Thriller

Even the title of this post is a dream-come-true: being able to utter the words “my publisher”. But this is more than that. I’ve dreamed of being a published author since I first understood that such a thing exists, so at least 40 years. I’ve been working towards that dream for almost a decade. I […]

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George And The Winged Dragons?

A very extensive review appeared in The Levant yesterday of Robert N. Stephenson’s anthology Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Vol.IV. The reviewer had some surprising things to say about my story The Life and Death of George Hayes: This is a very good story. It’s beautifully written and deals with the Faustian choice […]

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Awards Eligibility 2018

It’s that time of year again, when the remainder of the year shrinks at an ever-inreasing pace*, and the awards nomination season is almost upon us. If you happen to be in a position to nominate or vote for the Hugos an/or the Nebulas**, I’ve had three stories published in 2018 that you might be […]

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The Rewards of Pig-Headedness

Stubborn persistence pays off, as Heinlein teaches us. Can I have a Hallelujah to that? All the way back in 2009, when my marriage was only four years old, and I wasn’t even a father yet, we took a trip to the mid-Atlantic island of Sao Miguel. The volcanic beauty and verdant exuberance of the […]

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A password for my password

Underwear? Check! Toothbrush? Check! Dutch cheeses and beers? Check! Microsoft Surface for the required writing and critiquing? Check! This morning at nine, my checklist was already complete for the tenth anniversary edition of the Villa Diodati Expat Writers Workshop. My suitcase waited by the door; I’d even put my coat within reach. I’d even checked my […]

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On Perseverance, Running, and Writing a Novel

A year ago, I didn’t think I was capable of a sustained 5-minute run. Today, I ran my second uninterrupted 5km. This september, I’ll run my first 5 mile meet. A few years ago, I felt a sense of accomplishment if I managed to write a mere two short stories in any given year. Last […]

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Halfway To 125K

After the success of last year’s attempt to write 100K words, I upped the ante in 2017 and set my sights for 125K. And lo and behold: with a day left in the first half of the year, 62501 words have already been written! I can’t sing the praise of the Beeminder goal tracking tool […]

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Book Giveaway: Spark Anthology VIII

Free book! Circumstances put me in possession of three extra author copies of Spark: A Creative Anthology, Vol.VIII, published by EG&J Press. Themed Monsters and Marvels and edited by Brian James Lewis, this anthology contains wonderful stories by Bo Balder, Michael Haynes, Alexis A. Hunter, Beth Cato, Marina J. Lostetter, and Tom Crosshill, among 29 others. […]

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I Wrote A Hundred Thousand Words In 2016

Well, let me rephrase that. I wrote1, edited2, revised2, outlined1, translated3, reviewed4, critiqued4, and miscellaneous-othered5 100010 words. I set my goal for 100,000 words way back in January, performed some long division, and set up a Beeminder Goal for 274 words a day. Halfway through the year, with Summer approaching, I felt all stressed out […]

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Ninety-Five Point 054 Percent Of Everything

If Theodore Sturgeon is right, I’m in the middle of the 10% that’s any good. Because–drum roll, please–I’ve passed the 90% 94.245% mark today of my goal to write 100K words in 2016! Yes, you read that right: in the interstices between my wife, my kids, my career, my feeble attempts at a social life, […]

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