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Point of View: The Italians Are Coming!

Bologna

Well, technically they’re already here. Let me back up a bit. I’ve been working (and writing) madly over the last three weeks. I had big plans to finish three or four writing projects before June 15th, when our Italian friends, Marco and Fabry, were due to arrive. I wanted to put The Great North to … Read more

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Point of View: Pride and Prejudice

Pulse

This morning, after the most deadly shooting in US history which also happened at a gay nightclub on Latino night, has me all tied up in knots. Just a year ago, we finally won the right to marry all across this vast nation. I felt such a sense of pride and accomplishment on that day. … Read more

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Point of View: Reaching the Ending

Writer's Brain - Scott

I have writer’s brain. I have just gone full-tilt for about a month to write a new novella for a forthcoming anthology. The story is titled “The Great North”, and it’s a post-apocalyptic tale based on a Welsh legend. Some of you may remember how it started out from one of my earlier columns – … Read more

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Point of View: It’s the Same Story, Dammit.

OK, so I’m knee-deep into a new project called “The Great North” (I know, I know, but this one had a deadline). It’s a post-apocalyptic retelling of a legend, and it’s unlike anything that I have done so far. Or so I thought. So I’m writing along, with my loose outline in a spreadsheet at … Read more

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Point of View: Crunch Time

Crunch Time

Too many things to get done, and not enough time to do them. Every writer runs into this problem eventually, assuming that they stick with their craft long enough. You see, the average writer whose name is not Stephen King or Piers Anthony works at least one other job to support their habit – in … Read more

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Point of View: Running a Successful Contest

Scott

Hey all, We’re closing out the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, and we’re about to get to the fun part – reading all the great entries that were submitted by y’all. We have 166 in all, from a great variety of writers and covering the LGBTIQA spectrum and the full gamut of speculative fiction … Read more

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Point of View: The Balance

Scott sword

You can write whatever you want. No, seriously. You are a writer. If you want to write about the fine mesh of belly button lint, or wax eloquent in a poem about how sunlight glints off the dewdrops on a dandelion in the early morning, or even share your deepest, darkest sexual fantasy, you can … Read more

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Point of View: Writing Who You Know

reflection - Scott

There’s an age-old adage in the writing biz: “Write what you know.” This advice is suspect for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s difficult to apply as a science fiction/fantasy author. Tolkien didn’t “know” Middle Earth, not in the personal sense. And Anne McCaffrey probably never actually made it … Read more

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Point of View: Here We Go Again

Scott

I am riding the crazy train again. In just two more days, I have not one but two new stories coming out – “Through the Veil” in the anthology “Myths Untold – Faery” and my story “Repetition” in the spring “MCB Quarterly”. So I am no longer an author – I am now J. Scott … Read more

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Point of View: A Down Day

Scott Down Day

Sometimes you wake up feeling fresh and alive, newly attuned to the vibrations of the glorious universe, and ready to tackle the day and accomplish great things. This is not one of those days. Work is slow this month. I was harassed on Facebook by someone who took offense when I told them not to … Read more