Tag Archives: life

Commercialization, Art, and Innovation (from my Twitter feed)

. . .INCEPTION. . . Inspired by: @dirtytea: reddit crashed this great Ubisoft Game review, here’s a grab. Spot on: http://t.co/Rm5VlDXceb @dirtytea: cont… http://t.co/Ph5Yn7yQ4p & http://t.co/jorsHYEnln “Ubisoft game” article underscores a fine question about criticism. When a publisher keeps making the same game while leaving old problems unaddressed, at what point do we stop tolerating […]

Interactive Fiction, Authorial Autoasphyxia, and Twitter

1-IF I had no idea, as of yesterday, that text-based adventure games are still being developed today, that there are annual awards given, and that most of these games are available for free online.¬†I learned all this because it’s the closest genre to my current novel-esque project: “interactive fiction”. More recent IF games feature complex, […]

Lessons on the Internet from the Wild West

Earlier this week, at the regular movie night which a friend and I host, we watched a classic western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,¬†starring James (Jimmy) Stewart and John Wayne, playing characters (a lawyer and a homesteader, respectively) with the personalities they’d be typecast with for the span of their careers. At the film’s […]

Editing while Writing (a.k.a. Radiation Treatment)

I spent an hour agonizing over three-hundred words today. This is hardly efficient. The situation I’ve found myself in with this story (“A Crack Runs Through Me”) is that, on impulse, as an exercise, I wanted to add in a challenge to my MC, to throw something unexpected against him/her/it to make the story a […]

Post-Submission Blues

There’s nothing worse than that feeling after submitting something for review that you know it just wasn’t good enough. So it is for me in the wending hours after I’ve submitted my novel excerpt for Clarion. In the shower today, I was thinking about the nature of writing and it seems, with regards to technique, […]


I’m working on my application for Clarion, trying to make my introduction letter pop and refining the first two chapters of my novel until they come to life again and match where the rest of the book ended up. Unfortunately, my main character is a psychotic drunk in the story’s beginning so it’s slow going […]