Taffy was a Welshman

Recently I read a novel written in the early nineties and experienced a mild shock when one of the characters told another that he had made a Xerox of an important document. Way back then… hardly anybody had a scanner, and Xerox was a household word. But it’s been a long, long time since I... Continue Reading →

Culture and the Writer

A mistake that creeps in to a lot of work is the monoculture - the whole idea that all  x share the same views and culture. That tends to tag onto the notion that culture is both somehow genetic and consists of interesting costumes and food. I can't really blame schools for this, not entirely,... Continue Reading →

Who Was That Guy?

Do you ever wonder if you’re doing the writer equivalent of typecasting? Not your characters; yourself. Do your readers look at your newest publication and say, “Oh, another book by so-and-so. It’ll have a car chase in chapter one, a bomb will go off near the middle, and the main character will fall for someone... Continue Reading →

Get Out of My Way

There is a chance that the light at the end of the tunnel won't be an oncoming train. Look, it's not that I hate change. Depends on the change and what it is. But I hate change that messes with my writing routine. Why? Well, because if it were possible, I'd simply upload the story... Continue Reading →

I Confess

I'm at a bit of a loss for what to call this chapter. It may actually be only the first part. I'm ... writing something serially is weird, and full of ... It requires a certain Semper Gumbi attitude. Which is no doubt good for me. Anyway, Mrs. Dave's schedule has changed, yet again. It's... Continue Reading →

Open Floor

My apologies, everyone, but real life is kicking my ass and has been for the last few weeks. I'll be honest, I simply don't have the mindspace right now for a post. So, I'm turning the blog over to you until this afternoon when the Kilted One takes over. Ask your questions, suggest topics, just... Continue Reading →

The lost story

We're all a mish-mash of experiences and talents. The system for finding writers rather like the brute force approach taken by Bosch (of the Haber-Bosch process) to finding a catalyst that would make sequestering those precious nitrates (in the form of Ammonia) from the air cheaply and effectively. They just tried a lot of substances,... Continue Reading →

Story from the Start: Getting to the Peak

So, we are drawing close to the final confrontation between the forces of Good and Evil, or perhaps in this case, less bad and really evil. We have our nomadic-for-the-moment horse herders, our sophisticated-at-a-price urban dwellers, and a system built on something that the horsemen (and one hopes the readers) consider to be beyond the... Continue Reading →

Signs and Portents

A day or three ago, I started to see some interesting signs on social media. Comments about the big ebook distributor, Draft 2 Digital. Then I saw the actual link, and boy, did it catch my attention. I'm afraid I waxed rather sarcastic in my initial comments about the whole thing in private. I shouldn't,... Continue Reading →

What helps you write?

I'd like to use this morning's article to ask you, fellow writers and readers, to share the tips, techniques and aids that help you write.  For example, I know many of us (Sarah, Kate, Dorothy and I) have feline assistants, as Breaking Cat News so aptly portrayed earlier this week (click the image below to... Continue Reading →

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