Archives for January 2013

Little Voices (A Free SF Short Story)

After a bit of thought, I’ve decided to post some of my short stories here on the blog.   Your mileage may vary, but I find them entertaining.  🙂

This is one of my favorites.  I wrote it a while ago, and I was apparently feeling quite disgruntled about the number of pastries people were bringing into the office.  Let this be a lesson to you!

I hope you enjoy “Little Voices”.



Click to read “Little Voices”


Thoughts on Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writing



I was reading a post on another blog and it reminded me about Robert Heinlein’s 5 rules of writing.

In case you don’t know, the rules are:


1 – You must write

2 – Finish what you start

3 – You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order

4 – You must put your story on the market

5 – You must keep it on the market until it has sold

A lot of people quote these rules, and I’ve certainly heard them before.  I love Robert Heinlein, but his rules bother me.

Of Narrators and Narration

microphoneAs I’ve said before, I love audio books.  And it seems to me that one of the big reasons to love an audio book is the narrator reading you the story.

It’s been my experience that a bad narrator can ruin the whole book.  Reading an audio book goes beyond just doing the voices – the narrator has to give the characters life and individuality without the visual clues available to other actors.  Because of this, I’ve found some pretty good movie actors are not good audio book narrators.  In fact, some of the worst books I’ve listened to have big name actors as narrators.  It’s just a whole different animal.

Showing Up Every Day



I’ve been trying to get my writing career, such as it is, moving forward in a speedier manner.

Oh, hell, let’s be honest.  I’ve just been trying to get my writing career moving forward, period.

That means, my dears, that I have to write.  I have to produce.  People are not going to read books I have blowing through the wheat fields of my mind.  They tend to want to have the words typed down somewhere.

You Revisited

This is the time of year of the resolution.  This is the time when we, as a society have institutionalized a desire to change and be different.

Don’t get me wrong – change is good.  Change is necessary.  We must try to grow into more developed people.  We must work towards good habits, if some of our habits need improving.  But listening to the cacophony of voices telling us we’re not good enough or that we are wrong or that we are defective, well, it’s just not helpful.  At least it’s not helpful for me.

Wisdom From Martin



Tomorrow is the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday here in the US.  I thought it would be a good idea to remember this great man in his own words – especially since his words were so eloquent.




Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.