General · Writing

What is a writing beat?

I mean, in writing a short story or a novel. What is a beat? I first heard the phrase on Writing Excuses, and I have since heard it in a few other places.  Even though Writing Excuses was where I first heard this term, I don’t think they actually define it in any podcast. Anyway,… Continue reading What is a writing beat?

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On Genre and Shelving

This week I went to a library that did not have a separate science fiction shelf. (Or a separate mystery shelf.)  Instead the library put science fiction sticker on the spine and shelved the books in alphabetical order by last name. I was displeased by this arrangement. I wanted all the science fiction books in… Continue reading On Genre and Shelving

General · reading · Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday: Sustenance

My next read! Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t… Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: Sustenance

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Unique words in Left Hand of Darkness

I am still reading The Left Hand of Darkness.  This book has used three words: phlegmatic, obdurate, pertincious. I am a bit awed. I hardly see these words used even once in novels, and this book not only uses them, it uses them all in one sentence. In one sentence. It is awesome. I have… Continue reading Unique words in Left Hand of Darkness

General · reading · science fiction · Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday: The Left Hand of Darkness

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much… Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: The Left Hand of Darkness

General · science fiction

Real Water in the Holodeck?

I was watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the first episode there is a boy (the Dr’s son) who goes into the holodeck, falls into a pool of water, and when he exits the room, he is still wet. How does that work? He should be dry, I think. It’s a bit odd for… Continue reading Real Water in the Holodeck?

flash friday · General · Short Story · Writing

Friday Flash: First Day

This is my first Friday flash in months! Months and months and months! It is exactly 304 words, which is alright. The baby grinned toothlessly into the camera. Its little fingers gripped the bare mattress. Than it plopped its butt onto the bed and the blue blanket balanced atop its head slid down until the… Continue reading Friday Flash: First Day