Who Writes Short Shorts?

First of all, good news. Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise has been named as a 2018 Foreword Indie Finalist in the field of science fiction. It’s competing against a book of poems by science-fiction legend Robert Silverberg, which is impressive, if daunting. Among the things I’ve been sharing on Twitter have been ultra-short stories. I think this one is the most popular: The moon fell in love with a princess locked in a tower by the sea. For her sake it raised a tide that let her swim out the window. Seeing the now-drowned city through the water, she wondered what would happen when she had to tell the moon she didn't love it back. Here’s another. We don’t call it Alpha Centauri B in conversat

Guess Who's Back? (he shrieked adverbially)

What can I say after being away this long? Lots of things kept me away—not just writing, but a play, book promotion, hashtag games on Twitter (I’ve gotten my followership over 1,000) and of course looking for work. I’ll try not to let this blog slide so long again. (If anyone would like copies of the first two Backstory Files, let me know.) On Saturday I attended the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference. There I had an insight. Writing students and new writers get a lot of advice on their craft. The most common piece of advice, after “replace all dialogue-tag verbs with ‘said’,” is “destroy all adverbs.” As an extreme example, in Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise I wrote: All Thel wanted was to help h

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