Fiction Discussion Wednesday—The Lottery

I decided to pick this story because of a discussion with my host here on Whidbey Island on the appeal of horror fiction. I talked about how horror, at its best, lets us grapple with the darkest implications of our political, social, and philosophical ideas. I used “The Lottery” which has in it a wealth… Continue reading Fiction Discussion Wednesday—The Lottery

Notes On “The Ungriftable Howard Zez”

First off, sorry for having been away for so long. The usual excuses apply. Anyway, I’m afraid I don’t have a ton of notes to give for this story. It started when I asked myself how Howard Zez would try to finance Dope Dealers From Outer Space, and it occurred to me that since Howard was… Continue reading Notes On “The Ungriftable Howard Zez”

Should You Outline Your Next Novel?

I don’t write a ton of stuff on literary craft here. (I haven’t blogged a whole lot period in the last couple of months, I know.) But the Twitter chat I had with Ann B. Gelder, who spends a lot more time blogging about craft than I do, should prove of some interest to those… Continue reading Should You Outline Your Next Novel?

I’m Looking For A Few Good Readers

A maximum of five, to be exact. I’ve got a version of Born Under A Bad Sign uploaded to a secret location on the interwebs, and I’d like the thoughts, impressions, and very souls opinions of a few smart people. There’s no rush. I’m letting the book sit for a few months while I work on other projects, but getting… Continue reading I’m Looking For A Few Good Readers

Have Any Of You Lost Friends By Including Them In Your Fiction?

I haven’t, mainly because I don’t think I ever have included friends, relatives, or acquaintances in any of my work. Any of you who’ve read my works and seen yourselves in them are wrong and should consider speaking to a therapist who specializes in narcissists. Don’t worry. I know a guy. So I never have had to… Continue reading Have Any Of You Lost Friends By Including Them In Your Fiction?