Category Archives: New Wave

Interview On Castalia House

Louise Sorensen and I are interviewed by Scott of Castalia House.  Advertisements

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Are you a storyteller or a storyshower?

If you write fiction you’re a storyteller. Other media–movies and comics, for example, show the audience the story. Fiction tells a story. The oft-repeated advice, “show, don’t tell” is good for filmmakers and artists, but I have become convinced that … Continue reading

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What I Learned This Year

Last year at about this time I announced my plans to concentrate on short fiction during 2018. How did that work out for me, you ask? Pretty well, all things considered. I had eight stories published this year, and while … Continue reading

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Waiting For Utopia

Actually I didn’t have to wait long at all. Back in late September I was approached by an author I worked with on Fauxpocalypse. She had an idea for a collection with the theme of Utopia. It sounded like a … Continue reading

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Imperative Conflict In Fiction

Internal conflict arises when a character is subject to two or more imperatives that are incompatible. While this is a simple enough concept in theory, in the practical business of constructing a work of fiction care must be taken to … Continue reading

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Slice Of Life Fantastic

This month I have been trying something new, a kind of a hybrid of NaNoWriMo and Inktober. Every day I open a new document and just write whatever comes out. The idea is to create something–a scene, a character, a … Continue reading

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On The Uses Of The Fantastic

For purposes of this discussion I am defining “the Fantastic” as that which is understood by both artist and audience as being a purposefully introduced counterfactual element.  I am going to take a moment to unpack that before I proceed. … Continue reading

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