Clarion Nostalgia Reading and Two Types of Writers

Just finished reading Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, by Kate Wilhelm, half-writing-tips-book and half-autobiography-of-a-writing-workshop.  A lot of the writing advice is familiar, the stuff that was drilled into us at Clarion (e.g., “No deus ex machina!”), which made for a nice refresher as well as a nice … More Clarion Nostalgia Reading and Two Types of Writers

Whiny Narrators

A couple days ago I started reading High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and I got through about 300 pages in like 48 hours, even with the craziness of my Busy Backson lifestyle. Hornby is one of those writers who’s just so friggin’ readable.  The amazing thing is that his first-person narrator spends most of the … More Whiny Narrators

Personal Note About Realms of Fantasy Closing

It’s pretty much run rampant around the net for the past day or two that Realms of Fantasy is abruptly and unexpectedly closing.  Yet another victim of our tanking economy. ROF published some great stuff, from high fantasy to magic realism, with a lovely design and gorgeous illustrations.  It will be missed! On a personal note, I’d … More Personal Note About Realms of Fantasy Closing