“You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. The Borg” Up at The Book Smugglers

I’ve got an article out today about a sci-fi trope I’ve always found rather curious: the robot who wants to be human.  As you know, robots are near and dear to my heart, and how they’re treated in-narrative speaks volumes to me about empathy and humanity. In “You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. The Borg” IContinue reading ““You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. The Borg” Up at The Book Smugglers”

LoneStarCon 3 and the Five Minute Rule

So, my plan was to do a LoneStarCon 3 overview today, but alas, I feel I am too late. There are already a ton of rehashes all across the web focusing on everything from the lack of a YA Hugo , to the overall older vibe (google it and take your pick), to how itContinue reading “LoneStarCon 3 and the Five Minute Rule”

List Your Way to a Better (Writing) You

My least favorite part of the process is…? Copyediting. Spelling has never been my strongpoint. I particularly have problems with homophones and compound words. Trying to catch all those little flubs is no fun at all. But copyediting is important. It’s what elevates a manuscript from armature to pro. It makes the story clean andContinue reading “List Your Way to a Better (Writing) You”

Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 3

Here is a links to Part 2 (which contians a link to Part 1). So, on Wednesday I typed up the following and posted it to WordPress.  Or, at least, I thought I did.  I was surprised to log in today (in order to moderate a comment) and find that there was no Part 3.  Either WordPress glitched onContinue reading “Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 3”

Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 2

Here’s the link to Part 1 if you missed it. And jumping right into part 2: Once we turned in our twenty-four hour stories, we got to have some fun (not that whipping out a story, isn’t fun).  We formally met our illustrators and saw their work for the first time. Down stairs in theContinue reading “Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 2”

Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 1

Ok, I’m nearly back on schedule. The Writers of the Future workshop week was wonderfully educational.  We had two amazing primary teachers, Dave Wolverton and Tim Powers, and a plethora of secondary speakers who all gave their take on different aspects of writing fiction professionally. When I arrived I was picked up at the airportContinue reading “Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 1”

Being SMART With Your Goals

Ok, I might be a little late here.  A goal-oriented post usually belongs at the beginning of January, not at the end.  But… I want to discuss setting real goals vs. setting non-goals.  You’d be amazed (or, perhaps not) at how many writers I’ve seen this month declare non-goals for 2013.  Non-goals don’t help anyone,Continue reading “Being SMART With Your Goals”

Dragons, Anyone?: Lectures from Brandon Sanderson

Ok, this post has little to do with dragons.  But, I am here to introduce you to “Write About Dragons”–a blog dedicated to posting videos of Brandon Sanderson’s Introduction to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy class at BYU (its main focus is novel writing, but shorts do come up.  Eric James Stone is a guest inContinue reading “Dragons, Anyone?: Lectures from Brandon Sanderson”

It’s WotF Workshop Week!

Hello all, If you’re interested in keeping up with what the winners are experiencing, I suggest visiting the W&IotF Herald. There you’ll get day-by-day updates and introductions to the new authors and illustrators. Feel free to fantasize about attending the workshop yourself.  😉 ~Marina