Category: Thoughts

Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Disliking many of the short stories in The Big Book of Science Fiction made me wonder if maybe I have shit taste. After all, nearly all of them are award-winning or era-defining or represent the national sci-fi archetype or have some other pedigree. If other people thought they were so good that they awarded them …

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I measure tables and chairs in libraries and cafes to make sure they are the right height for me to comfortably write in them. I’m too short for this stupid Earth.

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

I’m documenting my writing process for short stories here on the blog. This isn’t an original idea. Many blogs document the writing process through word count, snowflake methods, rote editing tips, etc, and their authors know that few works spring fully-formed from the heads of creators. The well-edited conclusion can look so natural that the end …

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Atmosphere in The Hands

Atmosphere in The Hands

My second analysis from The Big Book of Science Fiction will be The Hands by John Baxter. The short story doesn’t have a free online version. If you’d like to read it, you’ll have to buy the anthology (which you should do anyway because it is excellent). As always, this is not a review. There …

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Homework for Fun

Homework for Fun

I was talking with a friend one night about the story analysis articles, and I said, “If someone told me I would be doing homework for fun after school, I woulda punched them.” And she said, “Teach me how to do homework for fun.” So I thought a bit and put a few points down …

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Readability

Readability

I had a classmate in a writing class who was a fan of difficult novels. Think Gravity’s Rainbow, House of Leaves, Dubliners, etc. We disagreed on writing and complexity: I liked clear, vivid, linear writing, while he enjoyed writing that you had to work to understand. He said it was thrilling to finally be able …

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