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A Little Room in History

While I describe myself primarily as a speculative fiction writer, I do occasionally write historical fiction (or spec-fic with historic elements) and also have an academic background in historic architecture and in the settlement of the American West. When it comes to writing about the past, it’s key to stop (a lot more often than you’d expect, really) and ask yourself “how did they do x back then?” or “did x exist in that decade?” Continue reading

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Attention, fans of various genres!

So, Bruce Boxleitner is up to something. Further bulletins as events warrant. (I’m going to confess that a big portion of my interest here is in my long-standing obsession with his last name. It’s as fun to spell as it is to pronounce!) I’m not entirely sure, yet, if I’m a fan of Steampunk…I’ve really liked what little I’ve read, but since that includes one series by one author I’m biding my time before making an official declaration.

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Sci-Fi Frustrations (part 2)

I’m going to start again by saying that I love science fiction. This time, I’m going to drag in it’s sibling genre: fantasy. I’ll even share my oft-repeated story of how someone once scoffed at me and said “science fiction is only for people who can’t handle the real world!” and punctuated that statement by sitting down to watch “Charmed.” I was so overcome with the absudity of the statement that I didn’t point out that, for most intents and purposes, “Star Trek” and “Charmed” are from the same genre. (We can split hairs later, but I’m not the first person to say so… just in case anyone’s of the same mind. I also have nothing against “Charmed” or any other fantasy show or story. Let me wrap up the introduction by saying that I also love fantasy.) Continue reading

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Sci-Fi Frustrations (part 1)

Let me start by saying that I love science fiction. I have a Master Replica’s lightsaber, have gone out in public in a Star Trek uniform, and just finished running a Firefly RPG. I am beyond garden-variety geekiness here. I love science fiction. I love being a fan of it. Trying to carve my own path as writer through the genre, however, has been equal parts frustrating and enlightening. Continue reading

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