Tagged: writing

Should we really Write Every Day?

thought On Cal Newport’s ‘Study Hacks Blog’, the assistant professor of Comp Sci at Georgetown, suggests that ‘Write Every Day’ is bad advice.The article’s not strictly for full time writers but I think it’s a good discussion for writer folks to have.

Deadlines aside, I’d counter the goal behind the goal for daily writing is as important as the wordcount; it’s building habits. For me, it is important. So is not stressing about results. Give it a read & decide how to balance the underlying psychology of the act with clear goals, & the need to approach scheduling with flexibility.

David Brin: “Make the spy bugs smaller”

Science fiction writer & future/tech consultant David Brin was kind enough to give me his take on a quote from grand master Robert Anson Heinlein!

The main thing achieved by any ‘privacy law’ is to make the spy bugs smaller.

In the last decades, surveillance grids have been established that caused critics to despair 1984 had arrived, just a few years late… Fast forward to today: smartphones capture personal/corporate/government abuses & the internet transmits them to millions it then rallies against those abuses.

David Brin has been mulling that quote for a while, & argues in his book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom that “(i)f police cameras watch us, shouldn’t we be able to watch police stations?
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Dead Robots Interview

Here’s the file for Justin, and Terry and I discussing indie writing, my IndieGoGo campaign to edit/commission cover art for ENEMY LINES (become a backer here), writing on iPhones in stolen moments & our thoughts on the Kindle Fire. Thanks for having me Dead Robots Society!

Check ’em out folks: Download mp3   Dead Robots site

SF Quotes, Sykes & Lafferty: kindly towels kindle!

I’m happy to have esteemed and crazy writer-persons Mur Lafferty (MurVerse.com) & Sam Sykes (SamSykes.com) offer up their take on three SF quotes that have stuck with them through the years. Both these artists are good people & I’m happy to have their thoughts. Mur is a podcaster, editor, author & essayist. Her latest book in the ‘Afterlife’ series, War, is out now! Sam is the author of the The Aeons’ Gate fantasy trilogy. Book 2, Black Halo, is out now!

“Would you kindly” … “A towel” … “…breathe fire…”

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Heather Killough-Walden: “…the inconvenience”

Today, paranormal romance writer Heather Killough-Walden, whose newest work focuses on angels, tackles a quote on faith from one writer’s point of view. And she does it with teeth…I think Douglas Adams would approve of the symmetry in that!


We apologise for the inconvenience.


It would be nice, wouldn’t it?
If some responsibility was taken?

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Brand Gamblin: “They tried and died.”

Listen along or read author & podcaster Brand Gamblin‘s take on science fiction and heroes and real stakes. All wrapped up in a nice bow, with a gom jabbar.   download

They tried and died.

In David Lynch’s “Dune”, a young prince is brought in to be tested by the Bene Gesserit Reverand Mother. She tells him that the test is very difficult, and that many had tried. He asks, “They tried and failed?” The reverend mother replies, “They tried and died.”

This is a quote that resonates with the sci-fi group, because no matter how full of cyberpunk dystopian angst our stories may get, we always have hope.

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Lilith Saintcrow: “Fear is the mind-killer”

This week, author Lilith Saintcrow shares her love for a book that came along at just the right time to send shock waves through her understanding of who she was, and alter the trajectory of the woman she would come to be.

Fear is the mind-killer.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.

I have to confess I’ve never read beyond the first book in the Dune series.
I attempted Dune: Messiah and just didn’t get anywhere. I did, however, read Dune at exactly the right time in my young life. I was too young to notice most of the glaring holes, and the style—if one can call it that—didn’t matter to me. I also could have cared less about Paul Atreides.

No, I wanted to be a Bene Gesserit.

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Jeff Lane: “…we don’t need roads!”

This week, podiobooks podcaster & author Jeff Lane (@writerjefflane on twitter) shares his love of Marty, Doc Brown, and his faith in a future that’s close-but doesn’t look the same as it did in 1985.

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!

Doctor Emmett Brown (Back to the Future)
Inventor of the Flux Capacitor,
Owner of a DeLorean
…and a train.

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Frank Marcopolos: “…same way that bricks don’t.”

Everybody remembers that brush with greatness that helps you carry on. It’s even stronger for a writer. Frank Marcopolos (@frankmarcopolos on twitter) was grazed like that, by a ball of incandescent gas named Douglas Adams, and he remembers it well.

“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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