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Writing Saved My Life

Mysterious lake, courtesy of freeimages.com Writing saved my life. Reflecting on the year-plus I’ve spent intermittently tending to this blog, I notice I’ve spent my time addressing challenges in world-building and character development, but I’ve danced around the heart of it: what inspires somebody…

Disabilities and Possibilities: Characters with Disabilities in SF and Fantasy

Children (one on foot, one in a wheelchair) careen down a steep slope.  Erica Meza, “Disability,” https://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-features/features/2018/december/the-one-in-the-wheelchair–a-look-at-childrens-books-and-disability2/   Lately, I’ve noticed a long-overdue trend, in various genres, where a story’s central character experiences life with a disabling condition. As a science fiction and fantasy…

Fighting the Good (or at least believable) Fight

Image Credit: campaignlive.co.uk This morning, I was reading aloud (to my spouse and younger daughter) a hilarious article in my favorite magazine, Backpacker, where readers described the craziest things they or someone else took into the backcountry. When I got to the piece de…

Characters Who Challenge You

Elychion the cat wrestling with her gambling, football-watching, and drinking problem.  I didn’t want to write about a drug-addicted surgeon who’d lost his license and resorted to performing illegal procedures in a back alley. But regardless of my intentions, he showed up on the…

Writing as an Act of Compassion: What I Learned from Lexus

Photo Credit: “The 4 Differences Between Introversion and Social Anxiety by Ellen Hendriksen, Quiet Revolution, https://www.quietrev.com/the-4-differences-between-introversion-and-social-anxiety/  Every few years, Lexus swoops back into my sedate world. (I’ve changed her name, age, physical description, and life story to protect her privacy.) At six feet tall,…

Spacetime of One’s Own

Image from the Spitzer Telescope courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=3883  As a teenager, I spent much of my free time gaming. But because this happened in the 1980s, when video games were a low-resolution-graphic gleam in designers’ eyes, “gaming” meant tabletop role-playing…

Keeping Vigil

Fire tower image courtesy of Chief Logan and the Helena, Montana Fire Department Archive, http://www.helenahistory.org  When I got past the awkward early-reading stage and had developed enough skill to immerse myself in books, I discovered the joy of getting up before dawn and reading…