August 27, 2017

Editor's note: This entry was originally published on the author's website on May 1, 2012 and appears here by special permission. -HG

“I’ll read more when I’m dead,” a student joked last week.

He honestly has little time to read, between the work he must generate fo...

July 24, 2017

Inspiration

There are many things that can inspire a person: a picture, a song, a person, an event, a possibility, even loss and disappointment. Artists draw on the world around them for their ideas. Sometimes something beautiful is born; sometimes something ugly is cre...

June 26, 2017

Well, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff just shredded everything I knew about writing a novel. Thanks for that. 

I binged their 2015 Illuminae earlier this week, devouring more than a mere kick-ass story, feasting instead on a genre-bending master class.

Not genre as in the...

May 15, 2017

Editor's note: This entry was originally published on the author's website on Sept. 30, 2012 and appears here by special permission. -HG

In class this week, a student presented his craft dissection of DFW’s brief story Incarnations of Burned Children.  He aske...

Editor's note: This entry was originally published on the author's website on March 31, 2017 and appears here by special permission. -HG

In 2016, I worked in more reading than I had in 2015. I love reading, but for some reason in 2015 I ended up with a bunch of aba...

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