Dreaming of Ursula

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I’ve extended the submission deadline for my new anthology project in tribute to the sci fi visionary Ursula K. Le Guin until May 2, so I figured I should use these extra few weeks to read those books of hers that have thus far escaped my reading hours. This week, that’s The Lathe of Heaven. This novel is different from … Read More

New Class! Nail Your Novel

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Usually, I spend three to six months developing a new class. This one, I’ve spent close to two years on. Or, you could say, the better part of a decade. Or, you could say, the better part of my life. Because Nail Your Novel really does reflect everything I’ve learned over my past ten years as an editor and book … Read More

Best Story of 2018: The Gold Bug Tree

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To kick off the New Year, I asked my Patreon subscribers to vote for their favorite story of 2018, and then asked my Facebook followers to help break the tie, based on their favorite first line. The result? “The Gold Bug Tree,” a short story inspired by everyone’s favorite creepy crytographer, Edgar Allen Poe, and his story “The Gold Bug.” … Read More

The Story Behind the Story: Such Light

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After nearly a decade away from the Southwest, I’ve returned, so it seems fitting that I’ve been working on a story about someone moving back to this part of the world. She’s a young artist who no longer feels quite so young, having recently suffered the sort of setbacks that lie in wait in middle age (a divorce, and the … Read More