Stanley Kubrick: Beautiful Insanity

When we write, we dream of what success looks like. Then success happens and we’re left wondering where we went wrong. This is an interesting write-up of what it was like working on A.I. with Stanley Kubrick. It seems that the strange worlds of his films were matched only by the strange world of himself. I…

I Take It Back – Neill Blomkamp is a Genius

I know I said I have problems with dystopian and post-apocalyptic sci-fi and that comment still stands. That said, Neill Blomkamp is doing some amazing things with sci-fi right now, and these little short films in particular. Go check out his latest, ‘Firebase,’ (not for kids under 14!) and then come back for comments: I’m…

You Learn More from Failure

Every day is another story. Drippy spring morning in Eugene. Wet earth and pine needles. Got a rejection notice from Asimov’s for “Search and Rescue.” No biggie, rejection is part of the game. What I found interesting was the advice that Asimov’s gave me. It’s a form-letter, but they thoughtfully included some insights any writer can…

Free Author Tool: Time Management

If you’re going to write, tell jokes, play music, you’ve got to be productive. Your muse doesn’t pay rent in your head, but you pay rent on your apartment, so get busy. I’m adding a new section to the blog in which I pass along things that help me be more productive in writing, successful in…

Mesh Update #1

So now, let’s talk about Mesh … I haven’t released many details yet but I can give you a brief synopsis while I polish the novel: Mesh is ‘Fight Club’ meets ‘Stranger Things’: a YA sci-fi story about Zeke, a charismatic and slightly anarchic teen who changes the world when he invents an entirely new…

Wartime vs Peacetime Scifi

These are some comments about science fiction as a community and culture. If that isn’t your thing, feel free to ignore this post. I caught a plane down to LA this week to see some friends from the old life. On my way back up, trying to ignore the incredibly loud lady behind me in…

Dear Netflix: Here’s How You Do ‘Reverse Iron Fist.’

Was all set to say something about how to save Netflix’s beleagured show, Iron Fist, but then theMarySue.com beat me to it. All I have to say now is ‘that’s what she said.’ But then I thought about how you would do it. That’s where my juices got flowing. First off, I can totally imagine…