Many people are craving stories right now with gentle plots and hopeful themes to contrast the recent dystopic trends in publishing, media, and real-life dramas. So, what makes for positive science fiction and fantasy and what are some favorite examples of the brighter side of speculative fiction.
In Defense of the Standalone Novel
In a sea of book series, the standalone novel can be a breath of fresh air. What are the virtues of the standalone novel and what makes for a good one? Might there be a resurgence of the standalone novel in the near future?
Facing Mortality: Writing Death and Dying in Fiction
As the winter blues set in for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, above the tropics, I finally caught … More
Another Weekend, Another Convention to Panel
As September turned into October, I drove around the Beltway and attended my first CapClave — where reading is not extinct. I got to speak on 4 panels, attend 5 others, and talk shop with some great people.