MileHiCon 50 Thoughts

There's a quality of fiction that's modeling--that's showing a model of the world. Author Paolo Bacigalupi said this last Friday during a panel discussion at MileHiCon, a literary speculative fiction convention. His line is one of the best things I heard at the convention. That's one of my favorite uses of fiction: the modeling. Bacigalupi… Continue reading MileHiCon 50 Thoughts

Goodbye, Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

2018 Winner of Camp NaNoWriMo header

When I posted "NaNoWriMo 2018: Late to Camp", we were already in the second week of July. I'd committed to a new project and no cabin for encouragement. Feeling alone and behind schedule makes for an intimidating start. Fortunately, Camp is far more relaxed than the big NaNoWriMo challenge in November. A few people joined… Continue reading Goodbye, Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

Water Cooler and Other Writing Forums

Empty seats in an industrial office setting

Does anyone else remember chats at the office water cooler? I was looking for images for this post and realized that mainstream corporate culture has changed so much that maybe people hovering in a corner at breaks for a chance to talk about personal issues with less of a risk of a disciplinary meeting is… Continue reading Water Cooler and Other Writing Forums