Stories about Stories

Now’s the time of year when we make plans

December 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

The end of the year. A good time to figure out what to do with this next one. My goal is simple: 300,000 words of new writing. Sounds like a lot? It’s 1,000 words per day, all but 65 days of the year. I write every day, and I can write 2,000 words each day [...]

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The Award Pimpage Cometh

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

This coming year I will be nominating for the Aurora awards. These are similar to the Hugos in the way that nominations and voting happens, but they’re specific to sf and fantasy produced by Canadians and landed immigrants. If you’ve got something you’d like to make sure I consider for nomination, please feel free to [...]

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What writers can learn from Harry Potter

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

I was reading a conversation on a forum about YA fiction, and the conversation naturally turned to Harry Potter. I would have posted this there, but I thought it would be interesting for many people to hear, so I’m blogging about it instead. There’s other things I could talk about with the HP series. I [...]

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

November 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

It was fantastic, of course (so go and see it). What’s really interesting about this film is how much of a clash there is between the tone of the original author (Roald Dahl) and the adapter (Wes Anderson), and yet the adaptation still works beautifully. Dahl’s work always has a particularly ironic but unrepentant zing [...]

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Guest post

November 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

Check out my guest post on Dead Things on Sticks. Mostly about indie Internet TV, somewhat about the Canadian TV regulatory system.

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Loving it

November 11th, 2009 · Comments Off

I recently gave a critique to someone about their story – which was a relatively funny piece – and then I got an email reply to my comments that was loads lighter than the story they’d written. Why was this? Because in the email they were relaxed. They were just trying to get back to [...]

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September 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

These last few weeks I’ve been sitting down for two hours every night to write, Sundays through Thursdays. So far twice I’ve stepped away from my TV script – once to write a treatment for a fairly long story, and then last night. I hadn’t written a short story in two years. I wrote one [...]

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Does podcasting affect printing rights?

September 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

Because I’d like to place samples of a couple of my short stories on my website, I’m thinking about podcasting readings of a couple of them. But I’m not sure if this would affect my ability to sell First North American serial rights. I assume it would be totally legal to sell those rights after [...]

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Submitting stories!

September 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off

I have gone through the last of my old stories. I sifted out what I can maybe sell, what I have to rewrite, and what’s going nowhere. Then I rewrote what I could. Finally tonight I went through magazines to find a suitable home for some of these stories. I have a total of six [...]

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The Courage to Fail

September 1st, 2009 · Comments Off

One of the things I learned at WorldCon: the big writing workshops aren’t about helping the writers make something publishable. It’s about helping them make something that’s going to fail in the biggest ways. Why? Because you learn more from failure than from success. I used to be a big proponent of this sort of [...]

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