No good teacher worth their salt says "Don't do X." They say, "If you do X, this is what's involved."
How my new book 'Unmortal' started as "a fantasy story that discovers it's actually cyberpunk", and is now that plus something different.
On the marriage of popular and artistic sensibilities (not that they were all that far from each other?)
When we can't think our way out of it, that is.
With your sources for a story, it ain't where you start, it's where you end up, and how you get there.
In a conversation with a friend, about the way our crazy moment in time is shaping our creative decisions, I kept coming back to a phrase I've said to myself before: "Let's not try to understand all this too quickly."
I meant to blog a little more this week, but life happened, and I also stumbled face-first into what I can only call a code hole.
Not a great week or so, to be honest. Much emotional rollercoastering, much of it project related. And not in the ways you might think.
Every single time I start a new story, I'm starting from scratch in more ways than one.
It's hard to do your own thing, and for good reasons.
What does it mean to say that I want to tell a given story about a given person or a given thing? Why me and not someone else? What do I bring to the table?
I never want to make the argument that we should refrain from making things easier as some kind of hedge against mediocrity.
Naming things. Especially stories.
The more outside your bubble you have at your command, the more you have to answer any "what if?" in your work.
I might have been, though. And I still wish I was.
I never wanted to be a "Zen SF&F author". If I did receive that label, I think I'd be very unhappy about it.
When is it OK to say, "Screw the world, I'm'a do me"? And when is it just being a self-indulgent twerp?
We change all the time, and with every change comes a new kind of definitive.
I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction
It's not about being ready; it's about being willing to fail.
What do you do when you want to do everything?
At first people think creating things is more like discovery than construction.
Each work is a bridge to the next one.
Zen's influence on my work.
No, this isn't about pets; it's about making the tools I use for my creative work.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind