Imaginable Beers: A Primer for Writers of Speculative Fiction

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series For Writers

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series For WritersRecently, a writer friend was asking around on Facebook for some information about the history of brewing and distilling. Since I’ve been studying up on these subjects (and blogging on the subject: see here for brewing, and there’s some stuff about distilling mixed into this […]

Études vs. Widgets

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series For Writers

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series For WritersA while back, I started a series of posts on what I was then calling “Études for Writers.” I think that title is a mistake. I had reasons for choosing the title, of course, which I explained in the first post on the subject: basically, études are […]

Etudes for Writers, #2.1

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series For Writers

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series For WritersIn my last post in this series, I mentioned (and linked) the blog of my friend Ian McHugh, an excellent Australian SF/fantasy writer. I wanted to mention this post of his, regarding the usefulness (or uselessness) of word frequency analysis when trying to figure […]

Etudes for Writers, #2: A Fine Balance

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series For Writers

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series For WritersAt Clarion West, our instructor–one of my favorite authors, the brilliant Maureen F. McHugh–suggested an idea to our class that seemed, when I heard it, to be self-evidently logical and obvious… except of course I’d never heard it stated explicitly before, or thought of it […]