I have to confess, I’ve stalled writing this review because I don’t want to think about reading any elegies for Ursula Le Guin. Ive been reading and treasuring her books and essays and poems since I was child growing up in the 70s in a single-wide trailer on the wind-scoured American Great Plains. Le Guin … Read more
So remember the writing prompt contest we had in May? We’re ready to announce the winner: With a full 50% of all the votes cast, the winner is Colin Sinclair, with the prompt, “Never try to hang a magician.” Colin, if you’ll just drop me a note via our contact form, with instructions on how to … Read more
Those of you who know me well, know that Connie Willis wrote a novel that’s very much shaped and cemented my love for the genre — a novel I reread every year. Her entire body of work is nothing short of awe-inspiring. She’s a great American writer, not “just” a great SF writer. For an overview … Read more
May your holiday season be joyful, and full of love, peace, and blessings. Merry Christmas to all of you, and a very Happy New Year.
Guest Post by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe When I was in grad school working on my MFA degree, fellow writers and I hashed out the symbolic power of Janie’s hair in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, argued about whether or not Bartleby’s “I would prefer not to” was a statement against the growing materialism … Read more
Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, full of warmth and joy and blessings beyond counting.
Guest post by Francesca Nicasio When I first started out, there were some things that I tried to avoid as much as possible because they were uncomfortable scared the crap out of me. It didn’t take long though before I realized that my avoidance was getting me nowhere and if I really wanted to succeed … Read more
Guest Post by Benjamin LeRoy I’ve been a steady lurker on the Absolute Write forums since 2005. Every now and again I jump into a thread if I feel like there’s something I can contribute. Most of the time, though my impulse is to get involved when a new publishing company gets called to the … Read more
Guest Post by Francesca StaAna Wondering why your articles aren’t getting a lot of views or clicks? Stressing about the fact that you’re not getting enough repeat clients? You might be committing these deadly freelance writing mistakes: Silence (Not following up) Contrary to what some might think, just because a prospect doesn’t immediately respond to … Read more
Guest Post by Lynn Alden Kendall Writing speculative fiction—fantasy, alternate history, and science fiction—entails imagining a world as well as a story. Perhaps that’s why SF/F writers and readers attend conventions like FOGcon: to immerse themselves in the world of speculative fiction. FOGcon is a book-oriented SF/F convention held every March at the Walnut Creek Marriott … Read more