Category Archive: writing

Apr 20

Been a Week


Been a week, huh? I doubt these internetz require any more opinion or speculation about current events, whether it’s about bombs in Boston or our hyper-mediated relationship with disasters. I have a take on all this stuff and most of it is in the novel that I’ve submitted to my agent. The final pre-sales-attempt work …

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Dec 20

Owl Pellets: Canada Fails, Secret Bejing, Drag & Drop DNA, Punk Women, Frog Drugs, QR Books


Amazingly, things are moving on schedule here. Yesterday morning I finished up a first draft of a novella and, in the afternoon, my printer arrived. That’s almost exactly how I hoped things would work out. I printed up the first draft of the novel I just finished and have it ready to start on today. …

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Dec 12

Owl Pellets: Kraftwerk, DARPA Foam, Kafka, Future Cuffs, Cyber-Hustle, Guilty Kim, Nano Solar

twin peaks coffee

And now the terror can set in. Late last night or early this morning, I finished the first draft of a novel. I love rewriting so, for me, the first draft is always the hardest part. Finishing it is the worst. It’s the first day in months that I’ve woken up with nothing to do. …

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Dec 07

John Brunner Speaks

John Brunner according to Wikipedia: John Kilian Houston Brunner (24 September 1934 – 26 August 1995) was a prolificBritish author of science fiction novels and stories. His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, about an overpopulated world, won the 1968 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel. It also won the BSFA award the same year. The Jagged Orbit won the BSFA award in 1970. He’s one of …

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Nov 29

Tesseracts Chat

Until 12 tonight CST I’m with the other authors in Tesseracts 16 at some sort of online lauch over at Bitten by Books. Follow the link. If you want to ask me/them/us questions about writing or that sort of thing, that’s the place to do it. There’s also some sort of raffle. Click the link …

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Nov 08

Henry Miller on the Senseless Insect Activity of Folks

Henry Miller speaks in favour of laziness and against “folks.” Well, not exactly against them but not exactly in favour of them either. After any election –or any exercise in appealing to worst instincts of people– it’s probably a good thing to take a deep breath and think: Folks? via biblioklept

Nov 05

Albert Camus on Nihlism, Dostoyevsky and The Possessed

“The novel may seem complicated but it is not confused.” Philosopher, novelist and all round interesting fellow, Albert Camus talks about nihlism, Dostoyevsky and The Possessed on a French television program.

Nov 01

William S. Burroughs and Andy Warhol at Chelsea Hotel 1980

William S. Burroughs, wearing a tie, and Andy Warhol, wearing headphones, meet in 1980 and discuss matters of import like chicken fried steak. For a more stylized but less substantive version of the meeting see below.

Oct 30

Orson Welles Meets H.G. Wells

Just a terrific conversation between film-maker Orson Welles and author H.G. Wells. It was recorded shortly after Orson’s War of the Worlds, which was based on H.G.’s book of the same name. Frustratingly, the above clip cuts out with 30 seconds remaining. You can listen to the entire thing here or go directly to the …

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Oct 18

Owl Pellets, Truth, Beauty and Timmy; Narratives, Rockwell,

Timmy shows up for work in the 2010 World Series.

When I first sold my book, my first feeling was . . . Well, I don’t know what to call it exactly. Something like being lost while being put on the spot. While my friends, family and acquaintances congratulated me, I just wondered what I was getting into, realized I had little relevant experience and, also, that …

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