The WLOG — Writings on Writing

Plus a Smattering of Generous Readings

Here in the WLOG, you’ll find writings about writing. These include explorations of style, syntax, and usage; discussions of structure, form, and delivery; analyses of storytelling at its most fundamental levels.

In addition, here I’ll occasionally offer up a Generous Reading. The Generous Readings are reviews of others’ works. Why generous? Because there’s nothing to be gained in being an asshole to my fellow writers. While I always endeavor to be critical, even academic, in reviewing others’ work, the goal is to shed light on what makes good writing good, poor writing poor, and to light the way for all of us to improve. If I can’t say something nice about it, or its author is a twit, you simply won’t find me talking about it.

Head on over to the Musings for discussions on other things—like economics, history, or culture—as well as for announcements about my own works. Thanks for visiting!

Reading no. 2 — K.B. Wagers & Davyne DeSye

Reading no. 2 — K.B. Wagers & Davyne DeSye

Orbit author K.B. Wagers read from the first in her Indranan War series, Behind the Throne, and Davyne DeSye from her poignant and thought-provoking Carapace. As it has before, BookBar gave us the most marvelous home for the evening. Many books were sold and signed, and we had a great time.

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Reading no. 1—Carrie Vaughn & Laurence MacNaughton

Reading no. 1—Carrie Vaughn & Laurence MacNaughton

The inaugural installment of Denver’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series was a resounding success, bringing a great crowd to Denver’s own BookBar. New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn read from her newest novel, Bannerless, and Laurence MacNaughton read from his outrageously funny A Kiss Before Doomsday.

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New Project: The Mirrorists

New Project: The Mirrorists

The Mirrorists is a series of interconnected stories, my current work-in-progress. These last few months have seen the release of Minuscule Truths, my second collection of short fiction, along with revised editions of Delicate Ministrations and Requies Dawn. That's...

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Pet Peeves of Style: Quotation & Punctuation

Pet Peeves of Style: Quotation & Punctuation

Do you know when punctuation should appear inside quotation marks? Do you know when it shouldn't? For quotation marks, usages differ between American and British standards. These differences are not limited to the employment of single versus double quotations, and...

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