I know, I know. The title is harsh. Because the topic is harsh. Remember, I have decades worth of experience watching and trying to help writers. And I have learned, to my chagrin, that some writers are beyond help. Or rather, the help those writers need is beyond anything I or any other writer/mentor can provide. The writers who are beyond help often ask for […]
Poet Emily Dickinson writes about death like one who knows it well. But how she knows it proves a mystery to most who know her. Most, but not all. One knows her secret. One who loves her. One whose meeting she might come to regret for an eternity. “Death Stopped for Miss Dickinson,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this […]
In January, while I was preparing to teach a craft workshop here in Las Vegas, I was happily reading a lovely essay on the comma in the Oregon Quarterly. The essay, titled “For Love of the Comma,” written by Kate Dyer-Seeley, is beautifully done, and as I read, I was thinking of recommending the piece on my monthly recommended reading list—until I hit this: …I […]
So, you want to be an artist. You want to be one of those writers everyone has read, even though you’re long dead. You want your work in libraries, on bookstore shelves, and in digital format. You want professors to assign your work, or kids to sneak that “crap” that everyone decries but everyone loves. There are two very simple ways to do this: 1. […]
I have a new story out, “Death Stops For Miss Dickinson.” This book is a great deal of fun, with Joe Lansdale and Nancy Collins stories as well. Lots of marvelous illustrations. (Rather like–y’know–the old Classics Illustrated volumes.) It’s a beautiful book. Besides getting this in bookstores, you should be able to find it in comic book stores, since it’s being published by IDW.