Ursula K. Le Guin. Go in Peace.

Ursula K. Le Guin  “The speaking of her name and of her words goes on, and will go on, today and tomorrow and for a very long time now. As it should. She was the mother of so many of us, and you should take time to mourn your mother.” -John Scalzi  Like so many …

Keeping Busy and Out of Trouble

I just finished a busy and interesting year as president of my writers club - the Mt. Diablo branch of the California Writers Club. I've been with this group for 7 or 8 years, and for the first few, I kept my head down. Not volunteering, not me, nope. I know what happens when you …

Female Protagonists, Part the Second

Okay, then. I promised a post on this. If you didn't read the linked article from Friday's post, you can go do that now. Or, not. It's not a surprise to anybody that well-rounded, non-stereotypical female characters are mostly absent in the starring role, whether we're talking about books, movies, TV, or whatever. As a …

Reblog: https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/shame-on-you-aolhuffington-no-more-literary-booty-calls/

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/shame-on-you-aolhuffington-no-more-literary-booty-calls/ I've always been disturbed by this business model. Sounds like it's time to do something about it. I've never been "famous" enough to write for Huffington, but I do read the occasional article. Stopping that NOW. I really do wish the writing world would stand up and laugh in Arianna's face. I can't stop …

Telling Stories

Here's a fascinating bit of news about fairy tales. I love the possibility that our familiar tales are far older than we thought. I think that story-telling is as old as human intelligence. Our ancestors were probably telling stories even before language was fully developed, using gestures, sounds, and what words they had. The ancients used stories …

Blogging 101, aka, Back to School

Every New Year, WordPress sends out a report about how your blog did during the previous year. It's always a lot of fun, with statistics like if everyone who read your blog got on a cable car, it would take 60 cable cars to hold them all. Really, it's a hoot. It's always nice to …

In Which the Author Waves the White Flag

I've been writing almost ten years. I never thought about that until right now, when I wrote that sentence. It sort of takes my breath away. Of course, we all know I haven't been writing for the entire ten years. Based on recent performance, I have to lose the past year or two when I've only come up …

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder, Epilogue

Epilogue August 1972, Belfast Avoiding the busy pedestrian traffic, 26-year-old Sam Altair parked in front of the house known as Dunallon, and waited a moment to gather his nerve, reflecting back over the strange invitation he'd received. He knew who Casey Andrews was, of course. Everyone in Ireland did. The widow of Thomas Andrews, the …

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder, Chapter 44

Chapter 44 May 1915 Tom watched as George signed off on the final paper turning the Britannic over to White Star Line. She was every bit as beautiful as her sisters had been. George was confident she would perform well. Despite the Titanic tragedy, he said he was looking forward to heading the guarantee group …

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder, Chapter 43

Chapter 43 April–May, 1912 Subpoenas awaited the crew and guarantee group at Liverpool, and that meant traveling to London rather than the homes they had been longing for. Many passengers were suing, and the Americans had already begun an inquiry; Britain dared not lag behind. Although the ship was owned by an American company, most …

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