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Writing, the Pinboard

Posted on March 23, 2013 by

writing pinboardOne of the things I do as part of my teaching practice is keep an eye on links about writing and, when they seem right for a given class, post them in my classroom at UCLA. What I’ve taken to doing as of this quarter is pinning the links on a single board called, not surprisingly, Writing. This way all of my classes can access all of the links, new and old, that I’ve posted.

As I’ve begun to do this, I’ve realized that posts without graphics (the text-heavy stuff we writers naturally tend to favor) don’t pin well. I was always aware that essays with at least a few pictures were more readable–giving the eyes a break, yadda yadda–but there’s this extra element of ‘need a picture’ now that is part of the reason you’re seeing all these little meme-y things and screengrabs popping up on my site.

Visuals aside, this board has some great writing essays on it. Go, read, enjoy!

In which some links are Tweets…

Posted on July 7, 2012 by

Let’s face it – I find most of the things I read on the web at Longreads, Tor.com or via my Twitterfeed. Here’s some of what I read this week, thanks to all of you:

And here’s Chuck Wendig, with a humorous and profane list of 25 Things Writers should Stop Doing Now.

Tuesday’s Girl is Full of Post

Posted on April 17, 2012 by

Angel gets his stalk on in this week’s Buffy rewatch post, which is about “Passion.”

Contests! If you are in the U.S.A., Goodreads is giving away ten copies of Blue Magic. Contest deadline is May 4th–last I looked there are about 450 people with their hats in the ring for it. Those are better than lottery odds. And The Qwillery, meanwhile, has copies for Canadians and Americans.

I have been making appearances in other blogs in the past week. One was at The World in the Satin Bag, and it’s about why I chose Oregon as the setting for the Books of Chantment. People, especially Oregonians, ask this a lot. Another was at John Scalzi’s blog–I got to be a Big Idea author. I am a huge fan of Whatever so this was a big thrill.

Fundraising for Rape Crisis Centers

Posted on April 12, 2012 by

As a tie-in with April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month (in the U.S., I assume), Jim Hines is running his annual fundraiser for crisis centers around the world. I’m in on this–one of the prizes up for grabs is an autographed copy of Blue Magic.

The eloquent why and details on how to enter the contest are at Jim’s blog.

If you want to give locally, here’s a link to Vancouver Rape Relief, where I worked in the Nineties.

Other donors include Elizabeth Bear, Stina Leict, Martha Wells, and Marie Brennan.

Weekend reading

Posted on March 31, 2012 by

I didn’t spend much time just surfing around this week, but Warren Ellis tweeted this article about Hong Kong’s effort to put certain city buildings underground: http://bldgblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/burying-bits-of-city-hong-kong.html
And I loved this Michael Swanwick story: The Woman Who Shook the World-Tree.

Food for brain and belly

Posted on March 28, 2012 by

I am slowing down on To Each Their Darkness, because it’s less about writing so far, and more about a whole lot of films I haven’t seen. I plan to keep inching through it–so far, it’s had two absolutely harrowing anecdotes that do genuinely touch on the subject of darkness–but I’ll move at a slower pace.
I will also slip away, behind its back, to start up with a book I’ve been waiting for forever, even before I knew it was finally getting written. It’s called Remote, it’s by Donn Cortez, and speaking of darkness, it’s the sequel to a truly horrific novel called The Closer, which in addition to being one of the spookiest thrillers I’ve ever had the privilege to read, is set in East Vancouver, and features big parts of my backyard terrain, including Bon’s Cafe and the annual Parade of Lost Souls.
The Closer has one of the best final lines of any novel I’ve ever read. I won’t excerpt it… it only makes sense in context. But I assure you, it’s killer.
I don’t know anyone else who’s read it… it’s so dark, it falls outside what most of my friends prefer. It’s like Dexter dialed up. Anyone know it?
So I am keen to see where the story goes next.
And while I’m talking books, Elizabeth Bear’s Range of Ghosts is out! I reviewed it extensively here, and recommend it wholeheartedly.

In food news, I’ve finally made the pumpkin peanut soup recipe posted by Badger, from Vegan on the Cheap. It was nummy delicious.

Weekend reading

Posted on March 23, 2012 by

I was out of the home office a lot this week–my building windows are being replaced, and between noise and actually having workmen in my home, I was working elsewhere. It’s not done, so there will be more of this. As a result, I didn’t spend any time just surfing around for interesting bits and pieces. However, Doug Lain did reread one of my favorite time travel novels, David Gerrold’s The Man Who Folded Himself. Check out Doug’s thoughts here.

My Creating Universes, Building Worlds class at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program has been in workshop for the past few weeks, which means I’ve had the opportunity to read a dozen stories from promising new writers, and also that there has been the usual storm of interesting critique and follow-up discussion on same. The current group contains a number of very gifted readers–it has been really fun and illuminating.

The workshop is the beginning of the end of CUBW, which wraps up with revision plans and some general discussion of marketing. On April 14th, Novel I begins. The class is currently full; if you’re keen, you can go here to join the waiting list.

Meanwhile, back on the Intrawebs

Posted on March 23, 2012 by

Cat Rambo has a new round of classes open for registration.
I am enjoying the Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop, while learning more about my beloved city.

This is one of my favorite songs: