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Science Fiction Magazines Part I – Why are the “Big Three” Dying?

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 in Blog, writing biz | 4 comments

There’s been a fair amount of talk about the die-off in the short fiction magazine markets. Interestingly, this is often played as indicating their loss of relevance either generationally (sf market is aging) or else technologically (The internet is where it’s at! All else will crumble and fall before it!) or else in the business model – (free content will triumph over paid content). My perception however is that there are some specific things going on with the major sf magazines that heavily affect their success, and it doesn’t have much to do with the themes above. I’m riffing here based on my experience working at High Country News,...

Murdering Pretties

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 in Blog, Writing | 1 comment

I’ve been thinking about the idea of murdering pretties a lot lately — mostly because I’ve been murdering a bunch of them in my novel. On one level, this works well for me. I’ve cut some scenes because I recognized that while I was personally attached to writing and the feel of the scenes, they weren’t actually doing anything to serve the book. But when I think about it, most of my best stories have actually come not from murdering pretties, but from identifying them… and then allowing them to murder everything else. In my short story “The Fluted Girl,” the fluted girls were actually just background to the...

Musings on Sex

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 in Blog, Writing | 7 comments

You think I’m in the gutter, but I’m not, at least, not today. Or at least, not the way you expect. Last summer, I took my novel-in-progress to Blue Heaven. I got some really good feedback from all the other writers there. One of the more sharp-edged comments was along the lines of: “I’m going to need at least one female character in here who’s not a whore or a crone for me to engage with this story.” Ouch. But okay. Fair enough. I sort of guessed an issue like that would appear (it was a pretty obvious aspect of the story) but once it was voiced, I had...

MileHi Con, Yes; World Fantasy, No.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 in Appearances, Blog | 3 comments

I’m going to be at MileHiCon at the end of this month (Oct 26,27,28), doing a reading (probably from the novel in progress) and also a panel or two. That’s the good thing. I’m really looking forward to getting out of town and meeting up with various writer friends. The bad thing is that I’m not going to be attending the World Fantasy Convention this year. A bunch of different things came together and made a perfect storm. Dropping out of the job put the squeeze on finances, and we’ve got MileHiCon and Diwali sandwiching it, which made for a hectic schedule. Also, I’d hoped to have my book...

Quitting Jobs

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 in Blog, politics, Writing | 6 comments

So, I quit my job last week. I’ve been working at High Country News for the last 4 years, which is actually a record for me. It’s a little difficult to walk away from, because in comparison to any number of other jobs, it was pretty good: interesting work, cool co-workers, positive mission… That said, I can’t say I really regret leaving. I’m writing full-time right now, and the nice thing about being out of a job is that my focus is entirely on my book. Which means that when I show up to write a new chapter, or come back to a difficult section, I actually remember what...