Good Saturday

I probably should have been more "responsible" but I needed some downtime so I went out for another bike ride. Did a little better this week than last week, much better than I expected for not having been on the bike in probably 9 months. Also have several writing projects going, which is interesting to … Continue reading Good Saturday

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I don’t want to go into space

It has recently come to my attention that I'm not ready to go into space. Not that there's even a remote possibility.  But you know how every time there's news from the space program, like talk starts up about colonizing Mars or someone doing a freefall jump from 24 miles up, and inevitably people pose … Continue reading I don’t want to go into space

A Dismal Night

So I'm too cheesed off about the tree incident to concentrate on writing tonight, even on my post-apocalyptic tale, so I thought we could discuss PA and dystopian tales, and why we like them so much. This was inspired earlier today by a HuffPo article on the same topic (not tree trimming gone wrong - … Continue reading A Dismal Night

Save Yourself

I know I've been very dull and nearly incommunicado lately, but my precious free time is going more to my stories than my blog. Here are the two opening paragraphs from the one that I'm most obsessed with lately, tentatively titled "Save Yourself; I'll Hold Them Back" (thanks to My Chemical Romance): Pistol gripped in … Continue reading Save Yourself

Misdiagnosis?

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ― William Gibson If you've never read any of Gibson's books, you're missing out. He's a brilliant writer. “And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with … Continue reading Misdiagnosis?

Writing and Gender

Some of you know I chose the pen name "D. D. Syrdal" based on a number of factors, one of which was the idea that using initials instead of a spelled out name would lessen the possibility of being dismissed out of hand as a 'female' writer. Many female writers over the centuries have masked … Continue reading Writing and Gender

Brother, Can You Spare $5?

Just a short post to all my writing readers. Finding  markets for our work used to be very time-intensive, with limited options apart from spending hours at the library finding contact information for magazines (or buying the ones you wanted to submit to, which you still should). There was of course the Writer’s Digest “Writers’ … Continue reading Brother, Can You Spare $5?

How to get the little woman to try sci-fi

Well, I’ll tell ya. I wrote this post at the urging of  a couple of guys who wanted suggestions of books and movies to try to interest their spouses in science fiction. So I thought, ok, it could be that many women have simply not been exposed to it, or are not aware of the … Continue reading How to get the little woman to try sci-fi

More Bad Book Covers

I had thought the previous crop of tramp-stamped dommes in fetish gear wielding swords on book covers  was bad enough. But these two recently caught my eye, and I'm hoping this isn't the next trend. Come on. Who would ever walk around dressed like that, packing that much heat? If you're going to war, I … Continue reading More Bad Book Covers

Why Don’t Women Like Sci-Fi?

All this brouhaha over "John Carter" being a flop and the reasons for it hit a new low this morning. Here I was, minding my own business, reading my Twitter timeline, when I see a retweet saying "Men are from Mars, and Women are Nowhere in Sight." I had a bad feeling but I went … Continue reading Why Don’t Women Like Sci-Fi?