I’m pleased to announce that my automotive website, Ate Up With Motor, has been named the winner of the 2012 E.P. Ingersoll Award for excellent in non-print media by the Society of Automotive Historians. For more information, see the Society’s website at http://www.autohistory.org.
I had an interesting conversation with someone on New Year’s Day about the characters of my books, and the question of whether or not they were likable. She had strong opinions on that, some of which surprised me (although her arguments were quite sound). Character likability is a tricky issue for an author, because the… Continue Reading A matter of character.
I recently did yet another editing polish of Dharma Bum and the Shield of Athena, my third novel. Proofreading this manuscript has been something of chore — I’ve had it proofed by two other people, but every time I open the document, I seem to spot something else that we didn’t notice before. (The side… Continue Reading Behind the scenes.
One of the assumptions fostered by many generations of how-to books and writing classes, is that a piece of fiction is the product of extended and complex conscious deliberation: the application of various formulae and rules. If you look through these books, the list of rules is often quite intimidating. It’s a lot like what… Continue Reading It’s not about you.
One of my favorite literary genres at this point is what author Bruce Sterling once dubbed slipstream. Slipstream, which includes the work of authors like Steve Erickson and Haruki Murakami, occupies a middle ground between ‘straight’ fiction and science fiction or fantasy.
In my previous post, I talked about how when I was younger, I kept reading science fiction, despite the fact that I often ended up not liking it very much. At this point, people tend to ask me, not necessarily kindly, “Well, what DO you like?” To really answer that question, I think it’s worth… Continue Reading Slipstream, part 2.