My son, Christopher, took me to see the movie, Tolkien, for Mothers’ Day. On the way home, we had a conversation about those premier fantasy writers of our time, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and George Raymond Richard Martin, and came to an agreement that although we have read and enjoyed both, GRRM will never be a JRRT. Not even close. Read more about JRRT vs GRRM
A long-forgotten reviewer characterized a novel I loved as “a 5th century China that never was but should have been.” Read more about Back to Africa
I’ve been writing a series of short stories, each of which is subtitled, “A Fairy Tale.” A couple of them do have bits of magical elements. Three of them are more or less down to earth. People in my writing group have asked me: In what way are these stories fairy tales?
I responded to one of them as follows, referencing my latest story that I call "Saturday Night in the Big City." Read more about What Makes a Short Story a Fairy Tale?
Another bit from THM (I'm calling his segments The Heintzelman Maneuver), my old writing buddy from the Blue Moon, gone now, but I still have a few of his papers that he gave me. I think he had a book in mind, celebrating the folks he knew from the bar. I do much the same thing in "A Dream of Houses." I didn't know T Ruth (before my time?), but I think I recognize "Molly." Read more about T Ruth
I recently did a podcast interview and one of the questions was, “Do you put yourself in any of your stories?”
I said yes, I did, all three of my novels have some version of me and make use of people I know or have known.
That’s true, but I wish I had been able to expand on that. The way it is, it sounds as if my novels are autobiographical, and they are not. Read more about Writing Myself
I read lots of good books. Lots of non-fiction. Today, I’m reading Toynbee’s A Study of History. It has characters who figured long ago in far away places with strange sounding names. Judas Maccabaeus. Bar Kokaba. Mithradates, King of Pontus. Spartacus. There is a lot in history that parallels what we are currently experiencing that I find interesting. Read more about Flight into Fantasy
I hear a lot of complaining about the loss of real books – as if a work published on Kindle is not, in fact, a book. Just looked up the definition of “book” – it has been updated thus: Read more about Why Kindle?
What is The Expanse? It is, first of all, a series of Scifi novels by James S.A. Corey, which has been made into a TV series. It is, second of all, a positive vision of a possible future where the heroes of the piece have one prime objective: save lives whenever possible. Read more about The Expanse Awaits