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In the Midst of Editing Madness

I finished the first draft of THE UNDERGROUND EMPIRE OF JOSEPH WUNDERKIND a few days ago.  Yesterday I finished the absolute finish of the finishing by adding a short bit to the end and making some corrections/clarification/additions suggested by Megan … Continue reading

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Production Log: The Underground Empire of Joseph Wunderkind

So I’m writing a new novel, one that has been gestating for a long time, though it didn’t really take a nameable form until my April Fool’s Day post of last year.  The novel is based off a dream I … Continue reading

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Production Log: God’s Teeth

Why is it so hard for me to read what I’ve written? Is it because my finished work threatens my life? This is one major reason that revision has always been so hard for me: it is a feeling akin … Continue reading

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Production Log: Mike Malloy

You might think it a little strange for me to be spending a whole production log post on a poem, and in general you’d be right.  For most of my poems, a production log would be a paragraph, if that.  … Continue reading

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Production Log: A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs

Today I’ll be talking about a story, the eponymous story of this post (minus that “Production Log:” part), a story that’s coming up on its third birthday.  The original inspiration came from a quote of James Blish: No one wants … Continue reading

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Production Log: God’s Teeth

Oh man, is revising difficult. Well, not revising itself – though that is difficult, it’s not as difficult as this: reading what I’ve written. I feel like a traitor saying that.  As though I’m betraying writerhood and the Author’s Union … Continue reading

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Production Log: Revision 103

Today we will talk about the bane of all of our entire existences.  Yes, throughout the multiverse, including Earths A through Z and as many numbers as you can count, our writerly existences have been baned. By what, you may … Continue reading

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Production Log: Darkness Cuts Itself a Body & How to Escape From a Hotel on Fire

If you know anything about me, you know that the above are the titles to two poetry manuscripts I’ve been working on over the last five years. If you don’t know this, then clearly you don’t know me at all.  … Continue reading

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Production Log: The Dream Thief: About Prologues

And, also, about how many sections can be included in a title via judicious use of colons.  Three, I think, is the limit.  After that, language starts to deteriorate, civilization collapses, and we all find ourselves on the beach cracking … Continue reading

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Production Log: “The Aliens Are Coming!” (Part 3)

So, considering what I’ve talked about over the past few days concerning non-fiction, faulty memory, non-fiction, faulty memory, non-fiction, repetition, and my faulty memory, what exactly does one (i.e. I) do about the problem? The No-Memory-Of-What-I-Was-Like Problem Well, who was … Continue reading

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